A novel shift control concept for multi-speed electric vehicles

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Journal Article
Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 2018, 112 pp. 171 - 193
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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd This paper proposes a novel synchronizer ‘Harpoon-Shift’ aiming at improving the comfort and efficiency of gearbox, meanwhile, simplifying the shifting control strategy for multi-speed electric vehicles. It will overcome one of the biggest shortcomings of traditional synchronizer system with frictional cone clutch. Experiment is established to investigate the torque and speed responses during the engagement of gears pairs. Then, based on previous testing results, the relationship of the peak torque and minimum speed difference to implement gear shifting with various spring coefficients is investigated. In addition, a mathematical model of the Harpoon-Shift system is developed to simulate the engagement process. The simulation results of system transient responses are validated against the data measured on testing rig. The model is then improved to study the impact of the rotating inertia, speed and speed difference on the torsional vibration and required time of engagement. Both of the simulation and experimental results show the significant improvement of proposed synchronizer to conventional cone clutch synchronizer.
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