Loughborough University’s role in the Innovate UK – Office for Zero Emission Vehicles AMiCC Project includes the review of system requirements and standards for wireless charging of electric vehicles, modelling and understanding the architecture of the prototype system, and recommending a pathway to future wireless charging standards.
Amongst the standards organisations that the University works with is the Object Management Group (OMG), which is a not-for-profit computer industry consortium with open membership that publishes its standards in an open-source website (https://www.omg.org) that are freely accessible. The OMG has task forces that develop enterprise integration standards for software related technologies and industries. One of the OMG standards that has already been exploited by Loughborough University is the UML Profile for ROSETTA (UPR 1.0). The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is one of the earliest international standards developed and adopted by OMG. The Relational Oriented Systems Engineering Technology Trade-off and Analysis framework (ROSETTA) has been developed over the past decade by collaborators that include the Georgia Institute of Technology, Loughborough University, Jaguar Land Rover, and Airbus.
At the September 2021 OMG Quarterly Technical Meeting, Loughborough University made a presentation to the MARS Task Force (Middleware and Related Services) regarding the impact of AMiCC on the evolution of UPR 1.0, a standard which is foundational to system design robustness using metric constraints on a design space. In previous meetings, MARS had expressed interest regarding logical constraints in software. Recent technical discoveries in AMiCC regarding circuit topologies in wireless charging are similar. These have both indicated a need to extend the original UPR specification to integrate logical constraints as part of the evolution of UPR to a version 2.0.
The evolution of the UPR standard is central to the advanced model-based systems engineering (MSBE) methods developed by Loughborough University that are being applied to the AMiCC commercialisation of wireless charging for electric vehicles. For example, the system requirement for an increase in power transfer from the current limit of 11 kW to a higher level of 50 kW is critical for allowing competitive entry into the electric vehicle charging market. The concepts and standards expressed in UPR and its evolution are central to System Architecture and Design Optimisation for Wireless Charging.
In keeping with the open-source policy of the OMG, a copy of the presentation to the MARS Task Force is provided on the AMiCC website and freely accessible on the OMG website to anyone with interest in this exciting new technology.
Blog by Charles Dickerson, Professor of Systems Engineering, Loughborough University
Project AMiCC is supported by Innovate UK and funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) as part of the On-Street, Wireless, and Catalysing Green Innovation Programme. With this initiative, OZEV has invested £50m in transformative R&D that puts the UK at the forefront of zero emission transport to help deliver on the UK’s decarbonisation goals and to anchor economic growth.