Department of Automotive Engineering

Automotive Engineering Course Descriptions

AuE805: Ground Vehicle Aerodynamics, 3cr. (3,0)
Basic and applied aspects of aerodynamics relevant for internal and external design for  performance including drag, handling, noise, and ventilation.  Wind tunnel and track testing methods. Computational modeling approaches.

AuE816 Combustion and Emissions, 3cr. (2,3)
Spark and compression ignition engines are investigated in terms of design, performance, and emissions. Exergy models. The theory of fuel air cycles are integrated with laboratory breakdown and dynamometer testing to correlate prevalent mathematical models with test results.

AuE817 Alternative Energy Sources, 3cr. (3,0)
The demand for petroleum alternative propulsion sources has focused attention on hybrid vehicles with fuel cells, electric motors and battery packs, and internal combustion engines burning hydrogen and reformulated fuels. A comparison of performance, emissions, fuel efficiency, operational requirements, and vehicle configurations will be studied.

AuE825: Automotive Sensors and Actuators, 3cr. (3,0)
Study of automotive sensor and actuator requirements, design, and selections, as well as future needs. Sensor and actuator networks, noise and interference issues, wired and wireless systems.  Examinations of integrated smart sensors and actuators with applications to traditional and intelligent vehicle systems.

AuE826 On Board Diagnostics and Reliability, 3cr. (3,0)
Discussion of legislated state, federal and international requirements.  On-board automotive sensors to monitor vehicle operation, typical diagnostic algorithms.  Analytical methods for designing fault tolerant systems and assessing vehicle reliability, including safety critical systems and ‘limp-home’ modes.  Use of hand held scanners and specialized diagnostic equipment to classify faults. 

AuE827: Automotive Control Systems Design, 3cr. (3,0)
Derivation of models and design of control strategies for powertrain and chassis control modules, and integration into automotive platforms. Software design, sensor selection, system architecture, diagnostics, and reliability issues are also presented.  Application to engine management, transmission and chassis systems with consideration of vehicle performance, safety and information provision.

AuE828: Fundamentals of Vehicle Drivelines and Powertrain Integration, 3cr. (3,0)
Vehicle powertrain arrangement, manual and automatic transmissions, automotive axles,  4-wheel and 2-wheel drives, design and manufacturing of gearing systems. Other topics such as power train control to address dynamics in gear shifting, engine balancing, fuel economy are addressed. Modeling and computer simulation is used extensively to analyze dynamic performance of various transmissions.

AuE829: Tire Behavior and its influence on Vehicle Performance, 3cr. (3,0)
In-depth analysis of the tire and its influence on vehicle performance. Including: design, construction, structural response, rolling resistance, force and moment generation and their behavior under dry/wet conditions are investigated. Tire models, their limitations, and their governing equations. Tire characteristics on vehicle handling and safety.  Advanced control concepts in vehicle stability/braking.

AUE832: Vehicle Development Process and Integration Tools and Methods, 3Cr. (3,0)
An overview of the vehicle development process and the tools used in it including voice of the customer, concept creation, packaging, product specification and target setting including cost structures, lifecycle product management, prototype development, and the role of the supplier . The concept of project team and its organization is also discussed. 

AuE833: Automotive Manufacturing: an Overview, 3cr. (3,0)
This course presents an overview of vehicle manufacturing from an OEM perspective. Issues such as supplier integration, flexible manufacturing, and quality engineering methods and their applications to manufacturing are presented. Emphasis is placed on opportunities and challenges presented with automotive manufacturing in a global environment, integrated processes, product development, flexible and agile manufacturing, supplier integration.

AuE835: Vehicle Electronics  and IT: An overview, 3cr (3,0)
This course presents an overview of vehicle electronics and IT and their impact on vehicle performance. The impact of the advent of electronics and computing on  mechatronic systems integration, and vehicle reliability and warranty is discussed. Also discussed is  testing and diagnostics, software standards for design and logistics, and man/machine interface.

AuE847 Vehicle Suspension Systems Design and Analysis, 3cr. (3,0)
Concepts, theory, design and application of automotive suspension systems. Suspension structures, configuration, geometry, kinematics, motion, static and dynamic load conditions as well as active, semi-active and passive systems are discussed. Suspension Design Factors (SDF) and their effects are presented. Computer-aided engineering tools and other analytical techniques are demonstrated.

AuE848: Vehicle Braking Systems, 3cr. (3,0)
Vehicle braking performance; development of system specifications; regulatory, customer and manufacturer requirements; brake balance, and effects on stability and stopping distance; ABS systems; computer simulation for system performance.

AuE849 - Automotive Chassis and Body Systems Design, 3cr. (3,0)
Integrative systems approach to the design and manufacture of automotive chassis and body components.  Influence of design and manufacture on the overall structural performance of the automobile, ride comfort, safety, durability, weight and cost.

AuE850 - Automotive Stability and Safety Systems, 3cr. (3,0)
Discussion of  passive/active systems and design philosophies. Investigation of stability issues associated with vehicle performance and the use of sensors and control system strategies for stability enhancement. Implementation and application to intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning systems, ABS, Traction Control, active steering systems, vehicle dynamic control systems are also discussed.

AuE853 Crash Analysis Methods and Crashworthiness, 3cr. (3,0)
Crash legislation and testing. Design constraints for crash. Computational methods to analyze the mechanical response of automotive structure, systems, and components to dynamic impact loading such as in crash situations.  Crush characteristics, structural collapse and their influence on safety.  Large-scale finite element analysis for large-scale deformation.

AuE855 Structural/Thermal Analysis Methods for Automotive Structure, Systems, and Components, 3cr. (3,0)
Methods to analyze the response of automotive structure, systems, and components to static, dynamic and thermal loading.  Coverage of critical loading conditions and system response objectives.  Analysis methods will focus on finite element approaches supplemented by simple computational methods when appropriate.

AuE866 Advanced Materials for Automotive Applications, 3cr. (3,0)
An in-depth Study of the broad range of engineering materials used in the construction of motor vehicles.  Inter-relations between materials microstructure, components manufacturing process and components service behavior.

AuE867 Vehicle Manufacturing Processes I, 3cr. (3,0)
In-depth analysis of main component and subsystem prototyping, fabrication assembly and integration processes used during production of automotive vehicles. Design for manufacturing, computer aided manufacturing, rapid tooling technologies, technology integration, and virtual assembly are also discussed. 

AuE869 - Quality Assurance for Automotive Manufacturing Systems, 3cr. (3,0)
Overview of manufacturing quality standards and process control for the automotive industry, including evolution of the quality movement, Lean Six Sigma framework, and quality system standards. Processes include Advanced Product Quality Planning and Production Part Approval Process, exercising tools such as Measurement Systems Analysis, Statistical Quality Control, and Design of Experiments in industrially-based projects.

AuE875 Vehicle Development Process Tools, 3cr. (3,0)
In-depth analysis of vehicle development process tools including representation, data management and analysis for vehicles and components.  This includes in-depth study of CAD/CAE representations, optimization and packaging software, structural analysis and its use, domestic and international standards, testing and prototyping, design review, and supplier relationships is included. Case studies are also presented.

AuE876 Mass Customization Design for Vehicles, 3cr. (3,0)
Concepts of platforms and product families, identification of common functionalities and the translation of functions into forms taking commonality into consideration.  Designing product families and their role in vehicle design.  Tie between market needs and appropriate manufacturing paradigm.  Specific applications to vehicle systems designs: chassis, wiring harnesses, engines.

AuE877 Light-Weight Vehicle Systems Design, 3cr. (3,0)
Methodological approaches to weight trade-off during design of vehicle systems accounting for other functions, cost, safety, materials characteristics and manufacturing constraints.  Topology optimization, multi-material approaches, and identification of function optimal materials and material combinations using multi-objective formulations.

AuE880 Design/Manufacture Project Management, 3cr. (3,0)
Management, leadership, socio-cultural and technical skills training for the successful management of an automotive development or research team.  Problem identification, team dynamics, decision making, ethics, strategy setting, project planning, scope management and implementation, target costing, marketing, design methods, design for X concepts.

AuE881 Automotive Systems- an integrated overview, 3cr. (3,0)
Understanding of the vehicle as a complex system and interactions of the subsystems in terms of its performance.  Topics discussed include propulsion systems, suspensions and steering systems, tire road interface, structural behavior and crash worthiness, materials and manufacturing, driver/occupants vehicle interactions, and onboard electronics.  Modeling and simulation is used.

AuE882 Systems Integration Concepts and Methods, 3cr. (3,0)
Methods and tools to handle functional, geometric, production and IT integration. Managing performance trade-offs from the combination of systems designed for individual functions. Optimization methods, complexity, validation, signal, and IT design and testing methods, robustness, architecture, quality.

AuE883 Applied Systems Integration, 3cr. (2,3)
Application of integration methods to practical and complex vehicle design and manufacturing systems. Prototyping, measurements, tolerancing and validation. Diagnosis and sensitivities, methods to diagnose sporadic software errors w/hardware in the loop, design reviews, FMEA on function, signal, geometry, production.  Fault Tree analysis, innovation and change management, risk analysis, value analysis.

AuE884 Body and Interior Design, 3cr. (3,0)
Fundamentals of styling design for the outer body and the interior cockpit.  Concept sketching, drawing, prototyping, including virtual and physical, layered and clay based.  2D and 3D representations, brand identification, textures, materials, lighting, colors and their use in automotive industrial design. 

AuE885 Vehicle Layout Engineering and Ergonomic Design, 3cr. (2,3)
Vehicle layout specifications and considerations related to exterior and interior design. Ergonomics methods and tools as related to occupant accommodation and driver function are presented.  Issues of assembly and manufacturing ergonomics will also be covered.  Case studies.

AuE886 Vehicle Noise, Vibration and Harshness, 3cr. (3,0)
The application of engineering tools and specifications for noise, vibrations, and harshness.  Sources, mitigation methods, complexity and influences on other vehicle functions.  Design, simulation and validation methods.

AuE887 Methods for Vehicle Testing, 3cr. (2,3)
Test planning for various performance regimes, data acquisition and analysis, uncertainty analysis, sensor selection, noise filtering, data reduction methods, track testing methods.  Project will include actual vehicle tests.

AuE890 Engineering Project, 3-9cr. (0,3-9)
Industrial project work culminating in writing engineering reports.  Projects will cover comprehensive analytical and/or experimental treatment of phenomena of current interest in automotive engineering emphasizing modern technological problems. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. The Department of Automotive Engineering is not responsible for finding internship opportunities for students.

AuE 893 Automotive Grounding and Shielding, 3 cr. (3,0)
An overview of design techniques for ensuring the reliable operation of automotive electronic systems in the presence of electrical transients, electrostatic discharge, strong radio frequency fields and other forms of electromagnetic interference.  Grounding and shielding of electronic components and systems. Designing for compliance with automotive electromagnetic compatibility requirements.

AuE 893 Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, 3 cr. (3,0)
Lecture/seminar course examining automobile handling, control by the human driver, objective and subjective evaluation of handling, development of models for lateral and longitudinal dynamics, steering systems, etc. Students will select papers from the literature for detailed review and lead class discussions of the papers.

AuE 893-400 Advanced Vehicle Interface Development, 3 cr. (3,0)
This course examines vehicle human/machine interface design and development. Course presents the fundamentals of human-centered design and evaluation, and surveys the literature of vehicle man/machine interfaces and development techniques. A term project will integrate these concepts with software development skills to allow students to design, develop, and evaluate their own in-vehicle interfaces.

AuE 893-401 Engine System Analysis, Design and Experimentation, 3 cr. (3, 0)
This course explores internal combustion engine simulation, experimental analysis, and component design.  Topics of interest are fuels, adiabatic flame temperature, thermodynamic availability, combustion, heat release analysis, heat transfer, friction, valve flow, gas exchange, induction system design, charge motion, variable valve timing, and emissions formation.  Students will design, setup and perform experiments to measure cycle resolved cylinder and manifold pressures for combustion and gas exchange analysis.  Engine simulation software will also be incorporated into the coursework.  A term project will integrate the simulation software with experimental analysis to allow the students to design, build, and test components.

AuE 893-402 Autovation: A Course in Entrepreneurship & Innovation for Road Mobility 3 cr. (3, 0)
The automobile and fuels sector, a global enterprise with an economic footprint measured in trillions of dollars, has entered an era of profound, even revolutionary, change.  Three primary forces—technology advances, market opportunity, and societal need—are converging to strongly influence the rate and direction of this change.  Entrepreneurs and innovators can advance this revolution by building new ventures that are sustainable, both in the marketplace and in their contribution to human welfare.  This course seeks to equip you with the knowledge and experience to participate fully in this incipient transition, either as an independent entrepreneur or an innovator working from a corporate platform.

AuE 893-402 Autovation II, 3 cr. (3,0)
Autovation II will use the business plan as the platform for integrating and practicing concepts that were introduced in the Autovation I course.  We will have some lectures and cases at the beginning, chiefly to supplement your understanding in areas like finance and intellectual property.  To ensure grounding in the realities of entrepreneurship, successful entrepreneurs and venture investors will speak to the class.
Deep Orange will provide opportunities for the creation of business plans. Teams may build business plans for:

  • One of the Deep Orange vehicles, drawing upon all the background materials that have been gathered in support of the chosen vehicle; or
  • The Deep Orange process itself, conceived as a business process for rapid R&D and innovation.

The unique requirements of each technology/business opportunity will motivate and guide the specific investigations of each student team.

AuE 893-406 Advanced IC Engine Concepts, 3 cr.
This course covers novel modes of combustion in IC engines, in-depth study of the underlying phenomena, and advanced engine systems required to translate the novel combustion concept into a viable technology.  The course will prepare students for contributing to research and development efforts at either the university or the industry R&D facility. 

The advanced IC engine concepts include the direct-injection stratified SI engines, Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition engines, mixing-controlled and premixed diesels, two-stroke and split-cycle engines.  Critical phenomena such as the thermodynamics of advanced cycles, fluid flow, fuel injection, combustion chemistry, and heat transfer will establish the foundation.  State-of-the-art modeling and simulation tools will be introduced to establish a link between the fundamental processes and design decisions, and to support integration and analysis of engine systems.

AuE 893-403 Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain Control Lab, 3cr.
The course focuses on techniques and tools to build Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Simulation for evaluating hybrid powertrains components and architectures using programmable power supplies, electrical loads, dynamometers, and rapid control prototyping tools. Special emphasis is given to the use of such tools for component characterization, safely and efficiently interfacing electric machines and their controllers within the hybrid powertrain, accommodating accessory loads (disturbances) in hybrid powertrains and conducting system diagnostics. The course is restricted to GATE students only.