Skip to Main Content
In this paper, we overview the design and development of robust multivariable control design to highlight some of the pragmatic automotive engineering control issues with an emphasis on a non-trivial application of Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Torque Management. We shall outline that most existing torque management approaches are not model-based dynamical systems, or do not address key concepts of robust stability and performance. We shall also discuss some advantages that robust control systems could offer to a wider automotive control applications. In part II, we show representative simulation results verifying that robust control systems design could be a breakthrough to the production of hybrid electric vehicles by yielding significant improvements on the emission, fuel consumption, calibration time and cost. Our contribution is aimed at the fact that cutting-edge robust controllers could be broadly adopted to tackle increasingly challenging problems of the automotive industry.