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|NEDC: ECE R15 (1970) / EUDC (1990)|
|EPA Federal Test: FTP 72/75 (1978) / SFTP US06/SC03 (2008)|
|10 mode / 10-15 Mode (1983) / JC08 (2008)|
|World Light Test Procedure (2013)|
A driving cycle is a series of data points representing the speed of a vehicle versus time.
Another use for driving cycles is in vehicle simulations. More specifically, they are used in propulsion system simulations (simulators designed specifically to model the drive system only and predict performance of internal combustion engines, transmissions, electric drive systems, batteries, fuel cell systems, etc.) An example of this type of vehicle simulator would be ADVISOR produced by AVL Engineering.
There are two types of driving cycle: Transient driving cycles involve many changes, representing the constant speed changes typical of on-road driving. Modal driving cycles involve protracted periods at constant speeds. The American FTP-75, and the unofficial European Hyzem driving cycles are transient, whereas the official European NEDC and the Japanese 10-15 Mode and JC08 cycles are modal cycles.
The most common driving cycles are probably the European NEDC and the American FTP-75.
Driving cycle design is the core technology for these standard cycles. Optimization and Markov chains are employed to design a driving cycle.
Driving cycle recognition is applying to Hybrid Electric Vehicle.
Data collection from the test road is the most important activity. Test road (e.g. city, highway, etc.) measured data are the inputs to the 'Drive Cycle' preparation activity.
The procedure involves instrumentation of the test vehicle to collect information while driving on the test road. There are two major types of data to be collected, Driver behavior and vehicle vs Road data. The vehicle vs road data are used to prepare the road drive cycle and the driver data to prepare the Driver model. for example, to calculate a vehicle's fuel consumption either in computer simulation or in chassis dynamo-meter which is going to be launched in India, it must run on an Indian road with an Indian Driver. Indian Drive Cycle with a European driver model does not give a fair comparison of the on road trials.
Driving Cycle Design
The "Drive-cycle" basically is the representative of the road. Drive cycles are used to reduce the expensive of on road tests, time of test and fatigue of the test engineer. The whole idea is to bring the road to the test lab (a chassis dynamo-meter) or to the computer simulation.
Two kinds of drive cycle can be made. One is DISTANCE DEPENDENT (SPEED vs DISTANCE vs ALTITUDE) and the other one is TIME DEPENDENT (SPEED VS TIME VS GEAR SHIFT). The DISTANCE DEPENDENT is the actual replica of the test road. whereas TIME DEPENDENT is the compressed version of the actual time taken to conduct the test on road. Examples of TIME DEPENDENT drive cycles are European NEDC cycle, FTP-75. TIME DEPENDENT drive cycles are used specifically for chassis dynamo meter testing because in a short time the results can be availed and repeated tests can be done easily.
Driving Cycle Recognition
Based on the type of application drive cycles are made. Drive cycle for passenger cars are different form commercial vehicle.
Driving Cycle Prediction
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