Application of Optimization Techniques to Powertrain Thermal Model

Katsuya Minami (Honda R&D), Hiroshi Otsubo (Honda R&D) and Yusuke Nakai (Honda R&D)

Vehicle thermal management is a key issue for improving the fuel consumption. Though stimulating the thermal behavior and predicting the contribution on fuel economy are significantly effective, the simulation requires large amount of data that is not available in the early phase of vehicle development. This study presents a practical methodology for power-train thermal modeling. Adding the model to a vehicle dynamic simulation made it possible to visualize the detailed energy flow within the vehicle and to predict the fuel consumption during driving cycles including cold-start conditions. The simulation approach is characterized by introduction of optimization techniques for identifying parameters. The model was validated with measured warm-up behavior. The model provided satisfactory accuracy and demonstrated the ability of this approach.