Ricardo de Castro

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In spite of several technical advances made in recent years by the automotive industry, the driver's behaviour still influences significantly the overall fuel consumption. With the rise of smartphones adoption, there are also new opportunities to increase the awareness to this issue. The main aim of this paper is to present a new smartphone application that(More)
A new FPGA based platform is presented for controlling a Multi-Motor Electric Vehicle (EV). By exploring the FPGA parallel processing capabilities, two induction motor controllers, based on Field Orientation Control and Space Vector Modulation techniques, were merged in a single and compact chip. Implementation issues related with the limited number of(More)
With the recent emergence of electric drivetrains, a faster and energy efficient braking actuator the electric motor has become available to complement the operation of the traditional friction brakes. The decision on how to split the braking torque among the friction brake and the electric motor is one of the main issues of such hybrid braking systems.(More)
—Two three-phase squirrel-cage induction motors are used as a propulsion system of an electric vehicle (EV). A simple XC3S1000 FPGA is used to simultaneously control both electric motors, with field oriented control and space vector modulation techniques. To electronically distribute the torque between the two electric motors, a simple, yet effective,(More)
AIM To evaluate the in vitro antimicrobial activity of different root canal sealers and calcium hydroxide (CH) paste. MATERIALS AND METHODS The sample was composed of two sealers (Fill Canal(®) and Sealer 26(®)), one CH cement (Hydro C(®)), and a CH paste. The agar diffusion test was performed in Petri dishes inoculated with the following microorganisms:(More)