DOE-Funded Hybrid Simulation Software Wins Prestigious R&D 100 Award
July 13, 2004
When R&D Magazine announced its 2004 R&D 100 Award winners on July 1, Argonne National Laboratory's Powertrain System Analysis Toolkit (PSAT) software stepped into the spotlight as one of this year's winners. Developed with funding from DOE's FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies (FCVT) Program, PSAT helps narrow the technology focus of hybrid electric vehicle research to those configurations and components that are best suited for achieving specified goals.
PSAT can simulate an unrivaled number of predefined configurations (conventional, electric, fuel cell, series hybrid, parallel hybrid, and power split hybrid). Because of its accurate dynamics component models, PSAT can be implemented directly and tested at the bench scale or in a vehicle (using its extension for prototyping, PSAT-PRO). This ability supports an ambitious development goal for PSAT — to be transportable from the virtual world of component modeling and simulation to the emulated environment of component control in hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing. When combined with the engineering, development, and testing resources available throughout the national laboratories, PSAT substantially enhances the FCVT Program's ability to assess the potential of advanced automotive technologies and streamline the development process for promising technologies.
The prestigious R&D 100 Awards program began 41 years ago as the I-R 100s, awarded by R&D Magazine's predecessor, Industrial Research. Winning technologies represent significant breakthroughs or large performance gains over and above what has been available previously. Over the years, DOE has funded many R&D 100 winners.