Optimal regenerative braking with a push-belt CVT: an experimental study

K. Berkel, van, T. Hofman, B.G. Vroemen, M. Steinbuch

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This paper describes the approach and the results of efficiency experiments on a push-belt Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) in a new hybrid drive train. The hybrid drive train uses the push-belt CVT to charge a flywheel, with the kinetic energy of the vehicle during regenerative braking and discharge during flywheel driving. The experiments are performed on a test rig with two electric machines following prescribed speed and torque trajectories, representing the flywheel and vehicle load. The approach includes the design of a control strategy for the variator, which enables regenerative braking. The experimentsshow that the CVT can be used very efficiently in the proposed hybrid drive train.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control (AVEC10), 22-26 August 2010, Loughborough, United Kingdom
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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