Automotive Research, Strategy and Environment (Layer 1 - Global & Customer Motivations)
The introductory module of the new ‘Sustainable Automotive Electrification’ course. Content focuses on the motivations for electrification and hybridisation in the automotive industry: global warming and pollution. The module then introduces the overarching legislative and regulatory frameworks alongside organisational and strategic approaches of manufacturers in response to the problem.
Automotive Hybridisation and Electrification (Layer 2 - Vehicle)
This module covers the principles and concepts behind the engineering of hybrid and electrified vehicles at the vehicle system layer. Customer requirements, such as performance feel, efficiency and sound quality, are introduced. This will be consolidated with a thorough understanding of how technical solutions, and verification methods, are delivered to ensure that the product meets customer needs and expectations. Propulsion architectures, control methods and integration issues are covered in detail and a thorough understanding of the process is gained.
Energy Storage Systems (Layer 3 - Systems)
There are many complexities and challenges of introducing high voltage technology to passenger vehicles. This module provides a comprehensive study of energy storage systems for hybrid and electric vehicle applications in the automotive industry. You will gain hands-on experience of battery and hydrogen fuel-cell testing, which includes the wide and varying conditions of real-world applications.
Electrical Drivetrains (Layer 3 - Systems)
Advanced propulsion technologies will lead the way for a cleaner and greener world; these technologies are especially important and appropriate for hybrid and electric vehicles and will be a core part of your learning on this module. You’ll also look at how to design, drive and control the electric machines of the future. The module includes a significant practical element where students gain hands-on experience of electric machine characterisation and testing, as well as classroom-based investigation and consolidation of the control technology employed.
Systems Engineering and Functional Safety (All layers)
Developing complex automotive systems requires an in-depth understanding and awareness of essential processes – this includes user cases, requirements and specifications through to validation and verification of functional and safe systems. Systems Engineering is the industrial framework for developing complex systems, and functional safety ensures that any such systems are fit for their intended purpose. Starting with Systems Engineering, you’ll cover the principles and concepts of complexity and systems thinking; lean engineering; system architecture; and model-based systems engineering. On the functional safety side, you’ll learn how to incorporate the systems engineering principles through the safety life-cycle by looking at hazard and risk analysis; system development; safety and change management; confidence levels; and verification.
Modelling and Simulation of Systems (All layers)
In this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding and practical experience of the modelling and simulation of physical systems within an automotive context. Developing both theoretical and practical understanding of the derivation of ordinary differential equations, applicable numerical methods and the construction of models to solve problems in both time and frequency domains.
Two modules must be taken from the following list. These modules will allow you to gain further specialist, technical understanding
Please note: the modules outlined above represent those available for this course in the 2020/21 academic year. They should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.
Your project will be worth 60 CATS (33% of the final grade) and supports you in developing your personal research skills.
The project must be based on a topical aspect of sustainable automotive electrification. Projects should be of a technical nature, or relate to strategic direction of sustainable automotive technologies.
The taught component of the course consists of lectures, workshops, practicals, demonstrations, problem classes, syndicate exercises, and a review.
Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.
Rather than exams, each module is assessed through in-module assignments (IMA) and a post module assignment (PMA) based on the learning objectives of the module. Your PMA should take around 60 hours of work and consolidate the knowledge you have gained during the module week. Automotive modules include several industry speakers and real-world case studies.
Each module usually lasts one week. See here for more information about the course structure.