Rockwell Lecture Series — A Systems Approach to Modeling, Control, and Design for Electrified Mobility
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Speaker: Andrew G. Alleyne, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

We live in an increasingly electrified world. For stationary applications such as industry and manufacturing, this statement has been obvious since the start of the 20th century as steam and belt drives in factories gradually gave way to electric motors for machining, conveyor lines, and all manner of other industrial applications. Now we are seeing a dramatic rise in the electrification of mobility systems. The progress has been steady for several decades, but it is really during the past several years that electrified mobility has seen a rapid growth at the level of individual consumer. Interestingly, this growth cuts across widely varying modes of mobility; from individual bicycles to on-highway vehicles to large ships and aircraft.

This talk will detail some of the technical challenges related to modeling, control, design of high relevance to systems and controls audiences is the interplay between modes of power distribution within electrified mobility systems. This includes the flow of power, or storage of energy, in the mechanical, chemical, electrical, and thermal domains. For example, power flow in the electrical domain can be constrained by component temperature limits in the thermal domain. Several examples of challenges will be raised along with some solutions for specific problems of Modeling, Control, and Design in electrified mobility. The presented solutions will be integrated such that the chosen modeling tools are specifically amenable to both the control and design challenges. Simulation and experimental results will be presented that demonstrate a superior overall mobility platform performance when a systems approach is taken.

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