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  • Magazine Feature Article
  • 13OFHD0613_05
Published June 13, 2013 by SAE International in United States
  • English

What will save us from electrical system design complexity?

The off-highway industry is experiencing a revolution. Previously dominated by mechanical engineering, off-highway vehicle development is now focused on electrical and electronic (EE) innovation to deliver improved efficiency, safety, and product differentiation.

This, in turn, creates new challenges, specifically those relating to complexity. Arguably, purely physical structures are relatively easy to study, especially with the ready availability of techniques such as 3-D rendering, animation, and finite element analysis. But developing a traction control system integrated into a complete vehicle involves domains as diverse as control algorithm design, power consumption assessment, and frictional response modeling.