Hybrid cars have been commercial available for several years now, pure electric vehicles have just started being released for sale and fuel cell vehicles are expected to be ready for the market within the next few years. Electrification of vehicles is therefore a clear trend in the automotive industry. Power trains of electrified vehicles require expertise in several areas and are truly multidisciplinary. This course gives an overview of power trains for electrified vehicles, where in-depth knowledge about selected components in the power train is covered, in particular advanced fuel cell, batteries and sensorless drive systems together with supervisory vehicle control linking the covered course topics.

Main topics:

- A short introduction to fuel cells and how they work. This is a prerequisite for the advanced control of the fuel cell
- A newly developed way of controlling fuel cells in an environment where large changes occur. This is necessary to keep efficiency high on fuel cells and damaging them during high spikes of output requirements.
- High degree car modeling including magic formula, steering angle and torque. An introduction to intelligent control of electric cars with the purpose of including Traction Control and advanced energy recovery with anti-lock braking ability
- Finite element modelling of hybrid synchronous machines for inclusion of harmonics and magnetic saturation for design and evaluation of discrete time machine control. The results based on finite element methods are compared in a laboratory exercise where a hybrid synchronous machine is characterised.
- Sensorless control of hybrid synchronous machines covering state-of-the-art backemf and injection estimator based schemes including laboratory exercises for assessment and analysis of distortion phenomena and inaccuracies of sensorless drive systems.
- Modelling (e.g. voltage, temperature, state-of-charge, state-of-health, etc.) and operation of lithium ion batteries including Battery Management Systems (BMS). Theory is combined with hands-on laboratory exercises.

Hans-Christian B. Jensen,

Hans-Christian B. Jensen,, Erik Schaltz,, Torben N. Matzen,


26-30 August 2013

Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 101

Zip code:

Aalborg East

Number of seats:

1 August 2013

Important information concerning PhD courses
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.