Problem Definition

  • Bram de Jager
  • Thijs van Keulen
  • John Kessels
Part of the Advances in Industrial Control book series (AIC)


This chapter introduces a formal problem statement for optimal control of the powersplit in hybrid electric vehicles. A mathematical framework is presented which formalizes the control objective and related constraints. Background information is provided on selecting an appropriate control objective and also the constraints on input and state variables receive extensive attention. It is demonstrated that the presented framework is suitable to describe most popular hybrid vehicle topologies, like the series and parallel configuration. This chapter concludes with a summary describing three problem definitions, ordered by increasing complexity. These problem definitions will be the starting points for the solution methodologies presented in Chaps.  4,  5, and  6.


Hybrid Electric Vehicle Wheel Speed Drive Cycle Input Constraint Aftertreatment System 
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  1. Kessels JTBA, Willems FPT, Schoot WJ, Van den Bosch PPJ (2010) Integrated energy & emission management for hybrid electric truck with SCR aftertreatment. In: Proc IEEE veh power and propul conf, IEEE, Lille, pp 1–6 Google Scholar
  2. Serrao L, Sciarretta A, Grondin O, Chasse A, Creff Y, di Domenico D, Pognant-Gros P, Querel C, Thibault L (2011) Open issues in supervisory control of hybrid electric vehicles: a unified approach using optimal control methods. In: Les rencontres scientifiques d’IFP energies nouvelles internat scient conf hybrid and electric vehicles, Rueil-Malmaison, France Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bram de Jager
    • 1
  • Thijs van Keulen
    • 2
  • John Kessels
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.DAF Trucks N.V.EindhovenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Electrical EngineeringEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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