Powertrain Dynamics (ME7236)
This graduate course, the first in the Powertrain certificate, covers the essential aspects of automotive Powertrain dynamical modeling with emphasis on the dynamics of the mechanical, electrical, thermal and fluid systems. The behavior of Powertrain subsystems are explored analytically and computationally.
A computer simulation of the overall Powertrain system will be used throughout the course. A special modeling and simulation project is also developed for each offering of the course.
Basic knowledge of Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, System Dynamics, and proficiency in Matlab and Simulink are required; preparatory non-credit seminars in Matlab and Systems Dynamics are recommended before taking the course.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Understand the dynamics of fuel injection and charge intake process
- Understand the dynamics of the combustion process and exhaust gas chemistry
- Model the air-to-fuel ratio control loop
- Model vehicle longitudinal dynamics and vehicle response
- Understand engine torsional dynamics
- Understand torque converter static and dynamic models
- Model transmission mechanical and hydraulic systems
- Model shift hydraulic systems and open loop transmission control