Accession Number:

ADA339175

Title:

Development of a 55 kW Diesel Powered Auxiliary Power Unit for Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TXFUELS AND LUBRICANTS RESEARCH DIV

Report Date:

1998-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

86.0

Abstract:

Three auxillary power units APU were developed for military hybrid vehicle applications with funding from DARPA. One APU was for the electric M113 troop carrier originally converted to electric power in the 1960s. The other two APUs developed during this project were for hybrid electric High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle HMMWV projects. For this APU design a Volkswagen 1.5-1 diesel engine drives a permanent magnet generator, that with associated inverter produces 55kW of DC power at 380 volts. Overall thermal efficiencies of 33 were observed. The controller for the APUs was based on the personal computer PC CPU. Basing the controller on the PC allowed flexibility in meeting the individual requirements of the different vehicles. Given a power level request from the vehicle controller, the APU controller set the engine speed for optimum thermal efficiency. The generator electronics adjusts the voltage and thus the current output from the inverter to deliver the requested power to the vehicles electrical bus.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE