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Next-generation Automotive Propulsion Technology

Do you want to gain a comprehensive understanding of propulsion technology for hybrid and electric vehicle applications in the automotive industry?


Introduction

Through this module, you will gain hands on experience of engine and electric machine performance through two extended practical sessions in the WMG Energy Innovation Centre Vehicle Energy Facility, consolidated through classroom based extended investigatory sessions and problem classes.


What will you study?

  • Internal combustion engine operation, combustion process, emissions formation and application to classic, hybrid and range-extender applications.
  • Case studies: combustion engines, hybrid powertrain integration and electric machine design.
  • Electric machine types and characteristics.
  • Use of power electronics for effective control of torque production in electric machines.
  • Testing methods for robustness and safety.
  • The future of propulsion technology in the automotive industry.
  • Extended practical: Engine characterisation and efficiency evaluation.
  • Extended practical: Electric machine characterisation and efficiency evaluation.
  • Extended practical: Electric machine control and the control system interface.
  • Extended problem class: Electric machine classification and control strategies.

On completion, as a successful participant you should
expect to be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of advanced vehicle propulsion technology for hybrid and electric vehicle applications.
  • Systematically evaluate this technology with understanding embedded through practical experience of engine and electric machine energy consumption, component characteristics and loss mechanisms.
  • Independently make sound original design decisions for feasible next-generation solutions to real-world problems.