Optimal control of power electronic converters for traction applications

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Energy flow and consumption are critical in modern electric drive applications within the transportation industry. Reducing losses and hardware requirements ultimately lowers a vehicles overall cost while improving performance. This paper presents an optimal control solution to reduce energy losses by limiting the peak power demands on the battery by using the power electronic converter and bus capacitor as a power buffer. From the optimal control solution, a sub-optimal proportional control method is proposed due to its ease of implementation and reduced complexity.

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© 2011 IEEE. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1109/VPPC.2011.6043078

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2011 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, VPPC 2011