Politecnico di Torino
Post-Doctoral Researcher and Simulation Engineer
Torino, Italy - May 2015 - December 2017
I have developed a simulation environment for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) in Matlab. The environment consists of several physical models for vehicle simulation, of algorithms for the off-line vehicle control optimization and for efficient on-board real-time vehicle control strategies and of several optimization procedures (both deterministic and stochastic) that identify the best vehicle design in different scenarios (market conditions, vehicle penetration, primary energy costs). The software can simulate vehicle performance (such as fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and total costs of ownership) for several vehicle classes (from passenger cars to heavy duty vehicles), power-train types (conventional, hybrid, plug-in and electric vehicles), over different driving conditions and in different market scenarios. A dedicated post-processing tool provides a set of graphics that give insight to the huge dataset of simulations (up to ten of thousands). I have embedded low-throughput diesel engine models into the vehicle control unit. I have led the vehicle CO_2 emission simulations within the European project FABRIC. The project aimed at estimating environmental impacts, risks and benefits of the entire proposed solution for dynamic road charging. A comparison with the current reference cases of slow and fast charging FEVs and range extended/plug in hybrids has been also carried out.