Characterisation of micro turbine generator as a range extender using an automotive drive cycle for series hybrid electric vehicle application

Raja Mazuir Bin Raja Ahsan Shah, Andrew McGordon, Md Mustafizur Rahman, Mark Amor-Segan, Paul Jennings

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    This study investigated a micro turbine generator (MTG) as a range extender for a series hybrid electric vehicle application for a range of constant and dynamic power demand strategies. The power demands were calculated through a mathematical model based on a specific vehicle platform using the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC). The power demands were then used to characterize the MTG in a controlled test environment. Each of the strategies produced interesting results in terms of fuel consumption, specific emissions, net efficiency, and power responses. The experimental results revealed the lowest specific emissions, and fuel consumption while the MTG operated at constant power demand. One of the dynamic power demand strategies also produced low fuel consumption, but with higher specific emissions. Although exhaust emissions in each strategy were well below the Euro 6c limits. These results indicate the potential of MTG as a range extender in a series hybrid vehicle. Even, the MTG can be operated dynamically with relatively low fuel consumption and very low specific emissions, compared to the traditional approach of a constant power demand.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number116302
    Number of pages11
    JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
    Early online date8 Nov 2020
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2021

    Bibliographical note

    NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Applied Thermal Engineering. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Applied Thermal Engineering, 184, (2021)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2020.116302

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    • Energy storage
    • Hybrid vehicle
    • Micro gas turbine
    • Propulsion system
    • Validation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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