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Advanced Test Techniques for Electrical and Software Systems

This module is one of three linked modules related to automotive electrical and electronic systems: Automotive Networking, Automotive Diagnostics, and Automotive Test Techniques. Ideally these modules should be undertaken in this order.

These modules form part of the Jaguar Land Rover MSc course in Automotive Engineering.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to:

  • Develop a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of the principles and application of key approaches to the testing of automotive electrical and electronic systems, and to provide a robust framework within which appropriate test techniques may be selected and applied.
  • Develop a theoretical and practical knowledge of systems of systems engineering principles and an understanding of how increasingly complex, highly distributed automotive electrical architectures impacts upon testing and validation requirements.
  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of the different approaches required to effectively test and validate such architectures, including advanced automated machine-based testing and robustness testing.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and application of key approaches to the testing of automotive electrical and electronic systems
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge of different testing techniques and critically evaluate their application to particular testing scenarios including Simulation and model-based testing, Rapid Controller Prototyping, Hardware-In-the-Loop, Bench-rig, Lab-car, whole- vehicle testing, end-of-line test, in-process test, intrusive/non-intrusive testing
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the key criteria for automotive manufacturing test and the manufacturing test process models
  • Evaluate the impact of complex highly distributed network architectures on testing requirements and critically analyse the suitability of different approaches to effectively test such architectures
  • Demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of advanced automotive test techniques such as machine-based automated testing, robustness testing, and the suitability of new test techniques for future automotive electrical and electronic systems

Syllabus

  • General testing approaches and techniques
    - principles, advantages and limitations.
  • Model-based development and simulation testing
    - Offline simulation, Rapid Controller Prototyping (RCP), Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) testing.
  • Testing approaches for highly distributed automotive electrical architectures
    –low voltage transient testing, pseudo- random testing, test automation, robustness testing
  • Future direction for automotive electrical and electronic systems test techniques.

Teaching Team

Course Information

  • HE Level: MSc
  • Credits: 15 Credits
  • Qualification : Automotive Technology
  • Duration: 5 days

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