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Automotive Systems Courses

The Automotive Systems Engineeirng track consists of four technical courses for a total of 12 credit hours.Three focus areas are available and students select two focus areas for a total of four courses.

Focus Area 1: Advanced Propulsion Systems (APS)

ME7383 Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems for Automotive Applications (3 cr hrs)
Electrochemical energy storage (batteries) and conversion (fuel cells) systems for automotive applications covering state of the art principles of operations and modeling. 

ME 7384 Energy Modeling, Simulation, Optimization and Control of Advanced Vehicles (3 cr hrs)
Fundamentals of advanced propulsion vehicles (HEV, PHEV, BEV, FCV), covering motivation, architectures, taxonomy and components, energy analysis, modeling, simulation, optimization, and supervisory control/energy management principles.


Focus Area 2: Powertrain Modeling and Control (PMC)

ME 7236 Powertrain Dynamics (3 cr hrs)
Overview of dynamics and control of automotive powertrain systems. Emphasis on subsystem interactions. Analytical and numerical methods for dynamics of gas exchange, fueling, combustion and exhaust, and mechanical engine and transmission systems.

ECE 5554 Powertrain Control Systems (3 cr hrs)
Application of digital control system theory, from viewpoints of input-output and state variable representations, to realistic problems in automotive powertrain systems.


Focus Area 3: Dynamic Systems & Engine Modeling 

ME 5339 Simulation Techniques for Dynamic Systems (3 cr hrs)
Introduction and use of software tools for dynamic system modeling, control system analysis, and design. Application to real world dynamic systems, with emphasis on model development and validation, parameter identification, and results presentation.

ME 7440 Internal Combustion Engine Modeling (3 cr hrs)
Comprehensive coverage of spark-ignited internal combustion engines modeling (fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and combustion). Additional coverage of compression ignition engine modeling and boosting.