Computer simulation of electric-, gas turbine-and gas turbine hybrid electric vehicles

Leon Liebenberg, André L. Nel, Keith R. Pullen

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Computer simulations of a gas turbine series hybrid electric vehicle, purely electric vehicle and a gas turbine vehicle (with mechanical transmission) have been developed. The simulation results are compared with published results of conventional diesel and diesel-electric passenger cars, on the basis of a common engine type and driving schedule. The gas turbine series hybrid electric vehicle delivers the lowest emissions of all, although its specific fuel consumption (sfc) is higher than that of a diesel electric passenger car; the gas turbine hybrid electric vehicle's performance is however sensitive to the gas turbine size, battery capacity, and control law employed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAE Technical Papers
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Off-Highway and Powerplant Congress and Exposition - Milwaukee, WI, United States
Duration: Sep 12 1994Sep 14 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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