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Sorniotti A.,University of Surrey | Pilone G.,University of Surrey | Viotto F.,Oerlikon Graziano Drive Systems | Bertolotto S.,Oerlikon Graziano Drive Systems | And 3 more authors.
SAE International Journal of Engines

This article deals with a novel 2-speed transmission system specifically designed for electric axle applications. The design of this transmission permits seamless gearshifts and is characterized by a simple mechanical layout. The equations governing the overall system dynamics are presented in the paper. The principles of the control system for the seamless gearshifts achievable by the novel transmission prototype - currently under experimental testing at the University of Surrey and on a prototype vehicle - are analytically demonstrated and detailed through advanced simulation tools. The simulation results and sensitivity analyses for the main parameters affecting the overall system dynamics are presented and discussed. © 2011 SAE International. Source

Di Nicola F.,University of Surrey | Sorniotti A.,University of Surrey | Holdstock T.,University of Surrey | Viotto F.,Oerlikon Graziano Drive Systems | Bertolotto S.,Oerlikon Graziano Drive Systems
SAE International Journal of Alternative Powertrains

The research presented in this paper focuses on the effects of downsizing the electric motor drive of a fully electric vehicle through the adoption of a multiple-speed transmission system. The activity is based on the implementation of a simulation framework in Matlab / Simulink. The paper considers a rear wheel drive case study vehicle, with a baseline drivetrain configuration consisting of a single-speed transmission, which is compared with drivetrains adopting motors with identical peak power but higher base speeds and lower peak torques coupled with multiple-speed transmissions (double and three-speed), to analyze the benefits in terms of energy efficiency and performance. The gear ratios and gearshift maps for each multiple-speed case study are optimized through a procedure developed by the authors consisting of cost functions considering energy efficiency and performance evaluation. The cost functions are explained in the paper along with the models adopted for the research. Copyright © 2012 SAE International. Source

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