Engineering and design

Testing & Modelling for Automotive Power Systems

Module code: 531H3
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

The module concerns engine testing technology and test design, including

  • energy flow calculations
  • the use of sensors including temperature, pressure, force, torque, velocity, displacement, mass flow, vibration, emissions and diagnostic techniques, calibration and metering technology, key instrumentations, ECU functions, interpretation of test data, engine control systems for fuel economy and emission level
  • modelling and simulation methods for power-trains of conventional IC engines, electric vehicles and hybrid power systems
  • energy demand and efficiency in EU and US test cycles
  • optimisation of gears.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand engine testing principles, procedures, instrumentation and to interpret test data
  • Design engine testing cells under practical considerations
  • Know how to model engine propulsion, calculate power and energy efficiency
  • Simulate fuel consumption of different engine configurations in standard driving cycles