A proposal for an operating cycle description format for road transport missions
Journal article, 2018

Purpose
This article presents a proposal for an operating cycle format for describing transport missions of road vehicles, for example a logging truck fetching its cargo. The primary application is in dynamic simulation models for evaluation of energy consumption and other costs of transportation. When applied to product development, the objective is an ensemble of components and functions optimised for specific tasks and environments. When applied to selection of vehicle configuration, the objective is a vehicle specification tailored for its task.

Method
The proposal is presented and its four main parts: road, weather, traffic and mission, are thoroughly explained. Furthermore, we implement the proposal in an example of a dynamic forward simulation model.

Results
The example model is used for two case studies: a synthetic example of a complex transport mission (a logging truck fetching its cargo) that shows some advanced format features, and an example from a real vehicle log file (cargo transport) that seeks to compare the resulting simulated speed profile to the measured one.

Conclusion
The results show that the proposed format works in practice. It can represent complex transport missions and it can be used to reproduce the main features of a logged speed profile even when combined with simple driver and vehicle models.

Transport mission

road format

energy consumption simulation

powertrain optimisation

Author

Pär Pettersson

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems

Sixten Berglund

Volvo Group

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems

Bengt J H Jacobson

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems

Lars Fast

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Pär Johannesson

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Fabio Santandrea

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

European Transport Research Review

1867-0717 (ISSN) 1866-8887 (eISSN)

Vol. 10 31 1-19

Operating cycle energy management (OCEAN)

Swedish Energy Agency, 2014-01-01 -- 2017-12-31.

Areas of Advance

Transport

Subject Categories

Transport Systems and Logistics

Vehicle Engineering

Infrastructure

ReVeRe (Research Vehicle Resource)

DOI

10.1186/s12544-018-0298-4

More information

Latest update

9/15/2018