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Automotive Engineering Course Descriptions

The listed course offerings below are contingent on the academic calendar and instructor availability. A course offering schedule is available HERE. Please see the Clemson University course catalog for official and active listings HERE.

AUE 6080: Vehicle Testing and Characterization, 3cr. (2,0)

This course provides hands-on laboratory experience in vehicle testing and characterization. It combines the instrumentation of vehicles and the acquisition and analysis of data for evaluating typical vehicle dynamics and powertrain performance on modern vehicles. Typical auto industry test instrumentation, equipment and processes are introduced. Preq: ENGR 1410 and ENGR 2080 and ME 3050. Coreq: AUE 6081 Lab

AUE 6600: Dynamic Performance of Vehicles, 3cr. (3,0)

Fundamental concepts in the dynamic behavior of ground vehicles, mainly two- and four-wheeled vehicles, are discussed. The application of dynamic systems modeling and analysis are stressed to bring understanding to ride performance, handling and straight-line running, as well as practical considerations in vehicle design. Preq: ME 3050 or consent of instructor.

AUE 6610: Advanced and Electrified Powertrains, 3cr. (3,0)

Addresses key aspects of automobile powertrain engineering, from government regulation to sub-system design. Powertrain operational requirements are discussed in the context of vehicle-level performance, fuel economy and emissions. The function, design, performance and engineering requirements of engines, transmissions, electric motors and high voltage batteries are described in detail.

AUE 6620: Digital Automotive Manufacturing, 3 cr. (3,0)

Detailed discussion of OEM-based manufacturing processes in automotive production, including sheet metal stamping, joining, painting and final assembly. Topics covered include the infrastructure, fundamentals of the processes, detailed analysis of the processes and material flow, cost analysis, latest developments, and considerations for various automotive body materials.

AuE 6930: Automotive Human Factors, 3cr. (3,0)

Analyses of automotive topics and research methods related to the interaction between vehicle users, vehicles and human performance. Through the use of research techniques used in the field of Human Factors, students design and conduct a project involving data collected from human participants.

AuE 6930: Lightweight Design Using Composites, 3cr. (3,0)

Lightweight design using composites will delve into the fundamental principles and applied engineering in the design of composites structures. Starting from mapping the design requirements, the course reviews the materials selection strategies and then explores various material models for composites modeling including multiscale modeling approaches and how those models are enabled in the performance prediction of composites structures. Further, the course explores different composites manufacturing processes from simulation standpoint and then couples the materials models with their process design and response output to develop a manufacturing-to-response pathway. Overall, the composites design, modeling, process and response architectures at systems level will be explored that yields the optimal design of composites structures.

AuE 8150: Electric and Hybrid Powertrains, 3cr. (2,3)

The target audience for this course is graduate engineering students and professionals interested in working in the area of electric and hybrid vehicular powertrains and, more specifically, in the integration of low-level and high-level real-time implementable control for advanced vehicle powertrain architectures. The course focuses on the theory and techniques to build Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Simulation for evaluating electric and hybrid powertrains components and architectures using power supplies, electrical loads, multimeters, and rapid control prototyping tools. Special emphasis is given to the electric principles and the use of such tools for component characterization, safely and efficiently interfacing electric machines and their controllers within the electric and hybrid powertrains, accommodating accessory loads in electric powertrains and conducting system diagnostics. Preq: AUE 8170. Coreq: AUE 8151.

AuE 8160: 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., Coreq: AUE 8161 (Lab)

AuE 8170: 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.

AuE 8180: Engine System Analysis, Design, and Experimentation, 3cr.(3.0)

This course explores internal combustion engine simulation, experimental analysis, and component design with a focus on thermodynamics, heat transfer, combustion and fluid dynamics. A term project integrates simulation software with experimental data analysis to allow students to design, build and test components. Preq: AUE 8160. Coreq: AUE 8181 (Lab)

AuE 8190: Advanced Internal Combustion Engine Concepts, 3cr.(3,0)

Examines novel modes of combustion in internal-combustion engines, and provides an in-depth study of the underlying phenomena and advanced engine systems required to translate the novel combustion concept into a viable technology. Advanced modeling and simulation tools aid in establishing a link between the fundamentals and system design decisions. Preq: AUE 8160.

AuE 8220: Autonomy: Mobility and Manipulation, 3cr. (3,0)

This course is intended to be a mathematical introduction to modeling, analysis, and control of robotic mobile manipulator systems. The first part of the course deals with the theoretical frameworks of modeling, analysis(kinematics and dynamics) and control of generic robotic mechanical systems, rooted in rich traditions of mechanics and geometry. The rest of the course will examine harnessing and enhancing the mobility and manipulation performance of articulated multi-body/robotic mechanical systems in the context of serial-chain and parallel-chain manipulators, wheeled mobile robots (and hybrid combinations of these systems). Case-studies will be used to highlight this process of systematic performance (mobility and manipulation) evaluation and enhancement for exemplary robotic mechanical systems.

AuE 8240: Autonomous Driving Technologies, 3cr. (3,0)

This course introduces typical autonomous driving technologies covering autonomous vehicle basics, sensing, planning and controls for autonomous driving, connected vehicles, and machine learning for autonomous driving. The course also provides hands-on projects to apply fundamental knowledge to autonomous driving vehicles.

AuE 8260: 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 handheld scanners and specialized diagnostic equipment to classify faults.

AuE 8270: 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.

AuE 8280: 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 powertrain 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.

AuE 8290: Tire Behavior and It's 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.

AuE 8330: 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.

AuE 8350: 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 are discussed. Also discussed is testing and diagnostics, software standards for design and logistics, and man/machine interface.

AuE 8500: 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.

AuE 8550: Structural Analysis Methods for Automotive Structure, Systems, and      Components, 3cr. (3,0)

Methods to analyze the response of the automotive structure, systems, and components to static, dynamic and thermal loading. Includes coverage of critical loading conditions and system response objectives. Analysis methods will focus on finite element approaches supplemented by simple computational methods when appropriate.

AuE 8570: Applied Optimization for Light-Weight Automotive Design, 3cr. (3,0)

The fundamental concepts of optimal design are presented and applied to automotive structures and components. The course provides an overview of optimum design problem formulation and methods for numerical solutions of unconstrained and constrained problems. Topological optimization is discussed for conceptual design, size and shape optimization for detailed design.

AuE 8580: Applied Optimization for Light-Weight Automotive Design, 3cr. (3,0)

Fundamental concepts for design and engineering of vehicle structures and components are presented. Design considerations for body structure integration with vehicle styling, effective body joint design, and computational modeling for structural vibration and component crush performance are considered. Multi-objective structural design optimization is discussed.

AuE 8650: Advanced Composites Manufacturing Processes, 3cr. (3,0)

Covers fundamental principles of advanced composites manufacturing processes, including matrix materials, fibers, preforms, processing, extrusion, injection molding, compression molding, filament winding pultrusion, resin transfer molding, liquid infusion techniques, combined with design, environmental issues, process modeling, material removal, assembly, joining, repair, inspection, quality assurance and recycling. Coreq: AUE 8651 (Lab)

AuE 8660: 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.

AuE 8670: 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.

AuE 8690: 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.

AUE 8700 - Automotive Business Concepts

This survey course explores concepts relevant to the global automotive domain including project management, business principles, economic principles, product development, marketing, human factors, future trends, professionalism, and ethics.

AuE 8770: 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. Includes topology optimization, multi-material approaches, and identification of function optimal materials and material combinations using multi-objective formulations.

AuE 8800: 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.

AuE 8810: 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.

AuE 8820: 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. Coreq: AUE 8821 (Lab)

AuE 8830: 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. Coreq: AUE 8831 (Lab)

AuE 8850: 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. Coreq: AUE 8851 (Lab)

AuE 8860: 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. Coreq: AUE 8861 (Spring 2020) (Lab)

AuE 8930: 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 8930: Automotive Perception and Intelligence, 3cr. (3,0)

This course will introduce the fundamental technologies for autonomous vehicle sensors, perception and machine learning, from electromagnetic spectrum characteristics and signal acquisition, vehicle extrospective sensor data analysis, perspective geometry models, image and point cloud processing, to machine/deep learning approaches. We will also have hands on programming experience in vehicle perception problems through homework and class projects.

AuE 8930: Autonomy Science and Systems, 3cr. (3,0)

This seminar course is intended to survey the state-of-the-art- in the rapidly evolving field of varying-grades of autonomy for on-road and off-road ground-vehicles. This course will introduce students to both eh fundamental advances in science as well as technology behind the systems in a number of application arenas.

AuE 8930: Computing and Simulation for Autonomy, 3 cr. (3,0)

This course is designed to provide knowledge in the design and implementation of real-time parallel and high-performance computing (HPC), GPU computing, AI and edge-AI computing, autonomy stacks, and simulation technologies for autonomous robots and vehicle software systems. The students will achieve these learning objectives through extensive examples, homework, case and paper studies, and project design.

AuE 8930: Automotive Applications of Laser Additive Manufacturing, 3 cr. (3,0)

The pressing demands in sustainable developments underpin the exploitation of advanced, modern, and lean manufacturing technologies to realize the effective and efficient transformation from raw materials to end products. This course will make students acquainted with the working principles, skills, and applications of various up-to-date advanced manufacturing processes that employ laser beam, electron beam, ion beam, and chemical sources of energy. Emphases will be placed on the applications of laser additive manufacturing processes in various industries, particularly for the automotive industry. Topics in this course include additive manufacturing techniques and their applications, welding, process monitoring, laser/arc assisted machining, chemical and electrochemical machining, scientific selection rules of various metallic materials, and materials science related to the processing-microstructure-property relationship in as-built and heat-treated conditions. Through this course, students will gain comprehensive insights and well-rounded experience on the practical applications of the learned concepts.

 AuE 8930: Automotive Circularity, 3 cr. (3,0)

The course aims to provide the purpose, philosophy and applications of enabling circularity within the automotive world via sustainable methods and life cycle engineering approaches to assess the product responsiveness to environmental responsibility while also learning the green design principles of typical products and processes. The course introduces basic concepts, analytical frameworks, and quantitative techniques for evaluating the environmental impacts and trade-offs in a systematic and holistic way that will enable the user for more informed decision-making. Particularly, the course will focus on life cycle engineering (LCE) - an applied methodology for lifecycle analysis or lifecycle assessment (LCA). LCA is a well-established technique to compute the various material inputs and environmental releases from all activities associated with the lifecycle i.e., raw material extraction, processing, end use, and disposal, of a product or service. It will form the basis to develop well-informed engineering impacts in LCE. We will discuss the different approaches to LCA and their advantages and disadvantages. We will also discuss the applied LCA methods to derive LCE methodologies as a tool for engineering decision-making. Students will have the opportunity to perform an LCE of a technology or a product or a service of their choice and present their findings to the class.

 AuE 8930: Control of Cyber-Physical Systems, 3 cr. (3,0)

This course highlights the central roles of control theory and systems thinking in developing the theoretical foundations of CPS. In particular, the course covers topics and tools for modeling, stability analysis and control design for large scale with particular focus on centralized, decentralized, and hierarchical control methods, and addresses topics related to structural and computational issues. Case studies of control of autonomous and connected vehicles, power systems, smart grid, traffic networks are considered throughout the course.

Students should note that the AuE 8930/4930/6930 course numbers is given to several classes in special topics. They should carefully review the course title and section, not just the number, to ensure they are registering for the proper class.