Validation of virtual vehicles

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Validation of virtual vehicles
Authors: Neelakanta, Akhil Kathrikolli
Ratakonda, Saketh
Abstract: This Master thesis work, performed at the Vehicle Energy Efficiency department at Volvo Car Group, presents a methodology to validate simulation models with reference to test rig data. VSim, a complete vehicle simulation tool, consists of various component models that work in unison to replicate energy flows in a vehicle and come up with performance metrics. There is a need to validate these models and to subjectively and objectively determine how well these models emulate the energy flows in real world systems. Subjective and Objective validation methods were devised based on the literature survey, and implemented on two power source components in VSim, the High Voltage Battery and Combustion Engine. Error plots and box plots were used to analyse the models subjectively, while the Russell’s error measure and the PCA-Area metric method were utilised for determining objective validation numbers. Based on these plots and numbers, a general analysis was done showing specifics about the correlation and the relevance of the validation metrics when related to the plots. The analysis of the results showed that the validation code provides metrics that can help the model developer analyse the errors between simulation and test. The objective measures interpret the behaviour of the output signals and their differences quite well, and correspondingly reflect the trends seen in the subjective plots. This analysis aims at providing feedback to the model developers at Volvo Car Group in order to perform an update where needed in the model. Finally, certain improvement areas in the methodology were highlighted to be researched for future work.
Keywords: Transport;Hållbar utveckling;Farkostteknik;Transport;Sustainable Development;Vehicle Engineering
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för mekanik och maritima vetenskaper
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences
Series/Report no.: Examensarbete - Institutionen för mekanik och maritima vetenskaper : 2018:92
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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