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Practical Component Testing

This is the second of two related modules concerned with hybrid vehicles; the other one being “Hybrid Vehicles: Hybrid Vehicle Technology”.

“Hybrid Vehicles: Hybrid Vehicle Technology” is considered a pre-requisite for this module, although prospective candidates will be assessed on an individual basis.

This module forms part of the Jaguar Land Rover MSc course in Automotive Engineering.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to:

  • Provide the opportunity for delegates to perform a detailed investigation into the practical operation of hybrid vehicles and their powertrain components.
  • Enable individuals to use WMG’s hybrid Vehicle Energy Facility to undertake practical work.
  • Allow practioners the opportunity to evaluate current state of the art component technologies through advanced testing methods
  • Equip participants with the ability to independently interpret the comprehensive range of data generated in the practical sessions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the need for simulation to generate and evaluate practical hybrid vehicle operating strategies.
  • Interpret the practical operational limits of high voltage hybrid vehicle battery packs.
  • Understand the practical operational limits of high voltage hybrid vehicle electric machines
  • Evaluate the practical operation of internal combustion engines.
  • Interpret at a conceptual level the complex linked operation of the above powertrain components in relevant practical scenarios through systematic measurements.


  • Introduction to hybrid vehicle simulation
  • Use of hybrid vehicle simulation package
  • Practical testing of hybrid battery pack
  • Practical testing of hybrid traction motor
  • Practical testing of internal combustion engine
  • Practical testing of complete hybrid powertrain
  • Analysis of practical results and comparison to literature to be done during PMA.