Vehicle Propulsion Systems: Introduction to Modeling and Optimization, Edition 3

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This text provides an introduction to the mathematical modeling and subsequent optimization of vehicle propulsion systems and their supervisory control algorithms.

Automobiles are responsible for a substantial part of the world's consumption of primary energy, mostly fossil liquid hydrocarbons and the reduction of the fuel consumption of these vehicles has become a top priority. Increasing concerns over fossil fuel consumption and the associated environmental impacts have motivated many groups in industry and academia to propose new propulsion systems and to explore new optimization methodologies. This third edition has been prepared to include many of these developments.

In the third edition, exercises are included at the end of each chapter and the solutions are available on the web.

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About the author

Lino Guzzella was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1957. He received the diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 and the Dr. sc. techn. degree in control engineering in 1986 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. From 1987 to 1993 he held various positions in industry and academia. He then joined the mechanical engineering department of ETH as a faculty member where he is currently a chaired professor for thermotronics. His research interests are modeling of dynamic systems, nonlinear and robust control and applications of these ideas to thermal and especially automotive systems. Among others, he received the IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award and the IEEE Industry Award for Excellence in Translational Control Research, the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award and the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, the IMechE Thomas Hawksley Medal and the ImechE Crompton Lancaster Medal, and the Energy Globe Award. He is a fellow of IFAC and of IEEE and a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. A complete CV and a list of publications can be found at

Antonio Sciarretta was born in Ortona, Italy, in 1970. He received the Laurea in Mechanical Engineering in 1995, and the Doctorate degree (Thermal machines) in 1999, both from the University of L'Aquila, Italy. He earned a Habilitation (Control Eng.) in 2009 from the Grenoble Institute of Technology, France. After several teaching and research experiences in Italy and Switzerland, particularly at ETH Zurich of which he is still a scientific collaborator, in 2006 he joined the Control, Signals, and Systems Department of IFP Energies Nouvelles, Rueil Malmaison, France. Since 2009 he is IFPEN Expert for "Hybrid vehicles and energy management" as well as titular of the Tuck foundation Chair on the same subject at IFP School. He has actively contributed to the development of hybrid-vehicle activities at IFPEN and he is currently managing research activities on control and optimization for vehicle electrification. Author of around 70 scientific publications and several patent files, he contributes to the scientific and professional community also as a journal editor, conference organizer, and project evaluator.

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Dec 25, 2012
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Science / Mechanics / Thermodynamics
Technology & Engineering / Automation
Technology & Engineering / Automotive
Technology & Engineering / Manufacturing
Technology & Engineering / Power Resources / General
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