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MD and HD Vehicle Range Estimation Tool

PACCAR is working to develop multiple new powertrain architectures, such as battery, fuel cell, and diesel hybrid, for their medium duty (MD) and heavy duty (HD) trucks. With this development, there is a need to optimize component sizing and select the right configuration for different real-world vehicle applications. A modeling tool based on Matlab Simulink is currently used to simulate existing diesel-battery hybrid vehicles. This student team worked to incorporate new powertrain technologies and a generic optimization algorithm into this tool to determine required component sizing such as batteries, e-motors, etc. The tool can evaluate and optimize powertrains based on different drive-cycles and performance requirements with the use of optimization algorithms and machine learning to reduce computational costs.

Faculty Adviser

Krithika Manohar, Mechanical Engineering

Eli Patten, ME Capstone Director, Mechanical Engineering


Anthony Rudasics
Chia Agrawal
Peter Ma
Ruize Zhao