Mechatronics design and experimental verification of an electric-vehicle-based hybrid thermal management system

Yi Hsuan Hung*, Yue Xuan Lin, Chien Hsun Wu, Syuan Yi Chen

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In this study, an electric-vehicle-based thermal management system was designed for dual energy sources. An experimental platform developed in a previous study was modified. Regarding the mechanical components, a heat exchanger with a radiator, proportional valve, coolant pipes, and coolant pump was appropriately integrated. Regarding the electric components, two heaters emulating waste heat were controlled using two programmable power supply machines. A rapid-prototyping controller with two temperature inputs and three outputs was designed. Rule-based control strategies were coded to maintain optimal temperatures for the emulated proton exchange membrane fuel cells and lithium batteries. To evaluate the heat power of dual energy sources, driving cycles, energy management control, and efficiency maps of energy sources were considered for deriving time-variant values. The main results are as follows: (a) an advanced mechatronics platform was constructed; (b) a driving cycle simulation was successfully conducted; and (c) coolant temperatures reached their optimal operating ranges when the proportional valve, radiator, and coolant pump were sequentially controlled. The benefits of this novel electric-vehicle-based thermal management system are (a) high-efficiency operation of energy sources, (b) low occupied volume integrated with energy sources, and (c) higher electric vehicle traveling mileage. This system will be integrated with real energy sources and a real electric vehicle in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Mechanical Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 22


  • Cooling
  • control engineering
  • electric vehicle
  • energy systems
  • mechatronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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