Automotive Powertrains

Automobiles of the twenty-first century is poised to advance at a rapid pace with greater emphasis on lightweight structures, high efficiency powertrains, intelligent control systems, lower emissions, robust design and manufacturing, as well as improved comfort and safety. This certificate program gives an opportunity for automotive engineers interested in high efficiency powertrains to learn to about the advancements in engines, transmissions, electric and hybrid vehicles, and emission controls. (12 credit hours)

Certificate offered on Campus and via Distance Learning.

Coursework

Please choose four courses to complete the required 12 credit hours.
ECE 530Energy Storage Systems3
ECE 532Auto Sensors and Actuators3
ECE 5462Elec Aspects of Hybrid Vehicle3
ME 538Vehicle Thermal Management3
ME 547Powertrains I3
ME 548Automotive Powertrains II3
ME 570Powertrain NVH of Elect Veh3
ME 596Internal Combustion Engines I3
ME 597Internal Combustion Engines II3
ME 598Engine Emissions3

ECE 530     Energy Storage Systems     3 Credit Hours

This course introduces the basics of energy storage systems for EDV. It will cover battery basics, ultracapacitors, flywheels, and hybrid energy storage concepts. Battery management, battery charging, and battery safety will be covered. Finally, the requirements of EDV and renewable energy application examples will be explained. Lead acid, nickel metal hydride, and lithium ion batteries will be covered. Other energy storage systems such as super conducting magnetic, hydraulic, compressed air, and integrated (hybrid) energy storage systems, will be discussed as well.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate or Doctorate
Can enroll if Level is Graduate or Doctorate or Rackham
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science
Can enroll if Major is Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engin, Automotive Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer & Information Science

ECE 532     Auto Sensors and Actuators     3 Credit Hours

Study of automotive sensory requirements; types of sensors; available sensors and future needs. Study of functions and types of actuators in automotive systems. Dynamic models of sensors and actuators. Integrated smart sensors and actuators. Term project.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

ECE 5462     Elec Aspects of Hybrid Vehicle     3 Credit Hours

To introduce fundamental concepts and the electrical aspects of HEV, including the design, control, modeling, battery and other energy storage devices, and electric propulsion systems. It covers vehicle dynamics, energy sources, electric propulsion systems, regenerative braking, parallel and series HEV design, practical design considerations, and specifications of hybrid vehicles. Three lecture hours per week.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if Major is Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering

ME 538     Vehicle Thermal Management     3 Credit Hours

This course covers fundamental thermo-fluid principles and advanced topics in thermal management of conventional and electric drive vehicles (EDVs). The topics include: principles of energy conservation, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics; vehicle thermal management system and components; electrification of vehicle thermal management system; EDV thermal management; battery thermal management in EDVs; and waste energy recovery.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate or Doctorate

ME 547     Powertrains I     3 Credit Hours

Topics in vehicle powertrain kinematics and dynamics, engine output characteristics, vehicle road load analysis, engine-transmission matching, design and analysis of gears and gear systems, planetary gear trains, design of powertrain components, clutch design and analysis, transmission design and analysis, torque and ratio analysis of automatic transmissions. (YR).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if Major is Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Systems Engineering

ME 548     Automotive Powertrains II     3 Credit Hours

Simulation of vehicle performance; dynamics in gear shifting; engine balance, fuel economy, and performance related to powertrains; powertrain arrangements, manual and automatic transmissions, automotive axles, four-wheel-drive systems; design and manufacturing of gearing systems.

Prerequisite(s): AENG 547 or ME 547

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Graduate or Rackham

ME 570     Powertrain NVH of Elect Veh     3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) characteristics of Electric Vehicles (EV), Hybrid Electrical Vehicles (HEV), and Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PHEV). Topics include principles of mechanical vibration and acoustics, driveline induced noise/vibration from both conventional internal combustion engine and electrical motor/generator, cooling fan noise, regenerative braking system and electrical accessory noise. The potential countermeasures for typical noise/vibration sources will be presented. The course consists of classroom lectures and experimental laboratory sessions. The laboratory sessions will provide the student with hands-on experience on noise/vibration measurements and analyses. The student will be required to carry out a course project on NVH related subject of electrified vehicles.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

ME 596     Internal Combustion Engines I     3 Credit Hours

Comparison of several forms of internal combustion engines including Otto and Diesel type piston engines; performance parameters and testing; thermodynamic cycles and fuel-air cycles; combustion in SI and Diesel engines; charge formation and handling; ignition; elements of exhaust emissions. (Not available to students with ME 496 or equivalent background.)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Graduate or Rackham

ME 597     Internal Combustion Engines II     3 Credit Hours

Fuel flow and air flow measurements and techniques; engine maps; fuel and ignition control and control strategies; combustion and burn rate considerations in engine design; intake and exhaust systems; emissions and control strategies; emission test procedures.

Prerequisite(s): AENG 596 or ME 596

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Graduate or Rackham

ME 598     Engine Emissions     3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of engine exhaust emissions, including their formation mechanisms and abatement techniques. The students will be familiarized with the present emission control technologies and future challenges. The topics covered include: engine emissions and air pollution; review of emission regulations; catalyst fundamentals; catalyst aftertreatment techniques for gasoline, diesel, and lead-burn engines; discussion of cold start emission control and breakthrough catalytic technologies. (AY).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Rackham
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally