Generalized Adaptation of an Electric-Hydraulic Hybrid Drive System

KersTech Vehicle Systems is in the process of creating a hybrid drive system combining a flat format hydraulic motor with an electric motor for energy recapture of vehicle momentum. The initial drive system is targeted at a specific vehicle application. A main component of the drive system being developed is a controller and the associated algorithm. The controller algorithm is a new adaptation of an optimally robust algorithm for model uncertainties and resilience against control feedback gain perturbations. This achieves general performance criteria to secure quadratic optimality with inherent asymptotic stability property together with quadratic dissipative type of disturbance reduction. The control system will be generalized for support of standard vehicle systems deriving a specification for sizing of algorithm parameters, behavior, and basic drive components. The combination of control algorithm, control algorithm implementation, electric-hydraulic hybrid drive will be tested to produce plans for system scaling and generalized application. The end result will be an electric-hydraulic hybrid drive prototype targeted at a specific test platform yet capable of adaptation to any vehicle of a similar weight. Early simulations indicate a 20-30% increase in efficiency over typical electric vehicles (EV) in frequent start-stop drive cycles. This translates into an increase in EV range and runt-ime and potential decrease in battery bank size and cost.


  • English


  • Status: Terminated
  • Funding: $188644
  • Contract Numbers:

    NITC 755

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Institute for Transportation and Communities

    Portland State University
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, OR  United States  97207
  • Project Managers:

    Hagedorn, Hau

  • Performing Organizations:

    Oregon Institute of Technology

    3201 Campus Drive
    Klamath Falls, OR  United States  97601

    Nacco Industries

    Cleveland,   United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Long, James

    Edgeman, Steve

    MacDonald, Erin

    Marias, Willem

    Wang, Xin

  • Start Date: 20140101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20151231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01578142
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: NITC 755
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 14 2015 10:56AM