Speaker: 
Marcel-Stefan GEAMANU
Date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 -
11:00 to 13:00
Lieu: 
Supelec, amphi F.3.06
Résumé/Abstract: 
The main objective of the present thesis focuses on the integration of the in-wheel electric motors into the conception and control of road vehicles. Standard internal combustion engines have the disadvantage that complex estimation techniques are necessary to compute the instantaneous engine torque. At the same time, the actuators that control the braking system have some delays due to the hydraulic and mechanical circuits. These aspects represent the primary motivation for the introduction and study of the integration of the electric motor as unique propelling source for the vehicle.

Membres du jury :

  • Prof. Hugues MOUNIER -  L2S-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette     Directeur de thèse
  • Mr. Gilles CORDE-    IFPEN, Rueil-Malmaison - Directeur de thèse 
  • Prof. Dominique MEIZEL - ENSIL, Limoges -  Rapporteur
  • Prof. Fatihcan ATAY - MPI, Leipzig -Rapporteur
  • Prof. Michel FLIESS - LIX, Palaiseau - Examinateur
  • Prof. Brigitte d'ANDREA NOVEL - CAOR, Paris -Examinateur
  • Prof. Dorothée NORMAND-CYROT - L2S-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette - Examinateur
  • Prof. Silviu-Iulian NICULESCU - L2S-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette - Invité
  • Prof. Arben CELA - ESIEE, Marne-la-Valee - Invité
  • Mr. Guénael LE SOLLIEC - IFPEN, Rueil-Malmaison - Invité



The main objective of the present thesis focuses on the integration of the in-wheel electric motors into the conception and control of road vehicles. The present thesis is the subject of the grant 186-654 (2010-2013) between the Laboratory of Signals and Systems (L2S-CNRS) and the French Institute of Petrol and New Energies (IFPEN). The thesis work has originally started from a vehicular electrification project, equipped with in-wheel electric motors at the rear axle, to obtain a full electric urban use and a standard extra-urban use with energy recovery at the rear axle in braking phases. The standard internal combustion engines have the disadvantage that complex estimation techniques are necessary to compute the instantaneous engine torque. At the same time, the actuators that control the braking system have some delays due to the hydraulic and mechanical circuits. These aspects represent the primary motivation for the introduction and study of the integration of the electric motor as unique propelling source for the vehicle. The advantages brought by the use of the electric motor are revealed and new techniques of control are set up to maximize its novelty. Control laws are constructed starting from the key feature of the electric motor, which is the fact that the torque transmitted at the wheel can be measured, depending on the current that passes through the motor. Another important feature of the electric motor is its response time, the independent control, as well as the fact that it can produce negative torques, in generator mode, to help decelerate the vehicle and store energy at the same time. Therefore, the novelty of the present work is that the in-wheel electric motor is considered to be the only control actuator signal in acceleration and deceleration phases, simplifying the architecture of the design of the vehicle and of the control laws. The control laws are focused on simplicity and rapidity in order to generate the torques which are transmitted at the wheels. To compute the adequate torques, estimation strategies are set up to produce reliable maximum friction estimation. Function of this maximum adherence available at the contact between the road and the tires, an adequate torque will be computed in order to achieve a stable wheel behavior in acceleration as well as in deceleration phases. The critical issue that was studied in this work was the non-linearity of the tire-road interaction characteristics and its complexity to estimate when it varies. The estimation strategy will have to detect all changes in the road-surface adherence and the computed control law should maintain the stability of the wheel even when the maximum friction changes. Perturbations and noise are also treated in order to test the robustness of the proposed estimation and control approaches.