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Automotive Hybridisation and Electrification (for new MSc Sustainable Automotive Electrification)

Introduction

The module covers the principles and concepts behind engineering hybrid and electrified vehicles at the vehicle system layer. Customer requirements such as performance feel, efficiency and sound quality are introduced. Requirements are decomposed to technical solutions, and verification methods to deliver those customer wants and desires. Propulsion architectures, control methods and integration issues are covered in detail and a thorough understanding of the process is gained

The student will gain a thorough understanding of the issues faced by the industry in moving to electrification, and the purpose of the propulsion system in context of delivering the customer attributes.

Objectives

Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate customer and attribute requirements to systematically decompose and cascade through the propulsion system in order to creatively design original proposals for practical vehicle applications
  • Critically evaluate the alternative propulsion technologies applicable to automotive applications
  • Systematically and independently design novel solutions to practical problems under a comprehensive, requirements based, systems engineering approach.
  • Demonstrate initiative in the design of complex control systems for hybrid electric vehicle energy management strategies, interpreting optimization techniques for controlled and real world conditions.

Syllabus

The Module covers the vehicle layer of the "Systems V". Customer perceived attributes and characteristics such as performance feel are covered along with the governing legislation pertinent to New Energy Vehicles. Propulsion architectures for NEV's are then covered, along with the constituent systems and sub-systems. Principles of requirements cascade and NEV design are incorporated, and finally integration issues pertinent to NEV's are covered.

Assessment

  • Post Module assignment 4,000 words) based on the intended learning outcomes of the module (70% weighting)
  • Video presentation critically evaluating and proposing a NEV solution (20% weighting)
  • Subject specific in module online assessment prior to on-site teaching (10% weighting)

Duration

1 week, including 24 hours of lectures, 3 hours of seminars, 10.5 hours of supervised practical classess