Methodology for Real Time Simulations of Autonomous Utility Vehicles

University essay from Luleå tekniska universitet/Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik

Abstract: This master thesis is a part of a research project where Luleå University of Technology (LTU) collaborates with University of Oulu, SINTEF Narvik and Oulu University of Applied Sciences. The goal with the research project is to develop a Nordic platform for development of autonomous, environmental friendly and energy efficient heavy vehicles in the forest, harbor and mining industry. The purpose with the master thesis is to assist LTU in their role in the research project. The Nordic platform was positioned in the product development process, with the result that it could be useful in the fourth phase ”Detail design” and in the fifth phase ”Testing and refinement” in the Ulrich and Eppinger product development process. A methodology has been developed, covering all necessary steps going from an assembly of a vehicle in an arbitrary CAD program to perform real time simulations (including HiL simulations) of the vehicle in Simulink. The off-road research platform for forest- and agriculture applications developed by LTU was used as a case study in the master thesis. Applying the methodology on this platform showed that choosing correct simulation frequency is important and that graphics enabled in real time simulations requires large computational power.

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