Automotive HVAC

Short Course Description

This online seminar provides a fundamental background for design and development of world-class automotive HVAC systems. 

With emphasis on quality, efficiency and safety, engineer Gregg Peterson presents this seminar by drawing upon three decades aero-thermal experience at automotive companies such as General Motors and Lotus Engineering.

Working  knowledge of  thermodynamics and automotive systems is recommended. 



Eight streamed lecture modules include theoretical concepts and real-world case studies presented on the following HAVC topics: 

  • Vehicle thermal loads
  • Key related systems and AC system
  • Operational principles
  • AC system refrigerant side and air components
  • HVAC module components
  • Psycohmetric and pressure enthalpy charts
  • AC system sizing
  • HVAC Control
  • Air distribution, refrigerant and coolants
  • Performance targets


gregg peterson
Gregg Peterson is a principle materials engineer at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. With more than 20 years experience in hybrid and electric vehicle engineering, Gregg is an expert in lightweight architectures, transferring emerging technologies into commercial opportunities and program management. He has led numerous light-
weighting programs for automotive and non-automotive applications in aerospace, military, commercial vehicles and agriculture, as well as 
government-funded studies used for developing future US fuel economy standards. Gregg holds 12 patents in multidisciplinary fields and is a 
member of the external advisory board at the Center for Automotive Research.