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Advanced Automotive Systems

The Advanced Automotive Systems application area covers fundamental and applied research that targets the needs of the automotive industry, focusing on advanced propulsion and powertrains, electrification and connectivity, vehicle dynamics and NVH, manufacturing and materials, and human factors. The research activities under this application area span across many disciplines such as Dynamic Systems, Sensing and Control, Energy, Fluids and Thermal Systems, Design and Manufacturing, and Applied Mechanics.

Research topics under this area include:

  1. Automotive Propulsion Systems (Ahmed, Canova, D'Arpino, GuvencS. KimMidlam-MohlerRizzoniSelamet, Stockar) subjects include internal combustion engines, hybrid‐electric and electric powertrains, focusing on experimental characterization, modeling, system integration, optimization, control, diagnosis and prognosis.
  2. Energy Conversion and Storage (Canova, D'ArpinoHeremansJ. KimRizzoni) covers fundamental and applied research for improving the efficiency of conversion, recovery and storage of primary energy for automotive applications, for instance electrochemical energy converters (fuel cells), waste heat recovery systems based upon thermodynamic cycles or solid-state conversion devices, or electrochemical storage technologies (batteries and supercapacitors).
  3. Vehicle Dynamics and NVH (Dapino, DuanGuvencKahramanNollTalbot) encompasses the analysis, design and synthesis of gears and power transmission systems for improved efficiency, reduced noise and vibrations, as well as the study of complex acoustic sources and transmission paths, techniques for passive and active noise control and diagnostics. Other relevant topics include the study of chassis and vehicle dynamics, and driver assistance systems for efficient and safe mobility.
  4. Smart Materials, Structures and Manufacturing (DapinoLuscher, Stewart, Zhuang) encompasses topics related to the design and control of smart materials and devices that compose sensors, actuators and structures for automotive applications; the analysis of aerodynamic flow control systems for road vehicles for reducing drag forces, and advanced manufacturing, lightweight materials and multi-material joining processes.

Labs and Centers

Graduate Courses

  • ME 5194: Group Studies - Engineering Acoustics
  • ME 5372: Design and Control of Mechatronic Systems
  • ME 5374: Smart Materials and Intelligent Systems
  • ME 5427: Turbomachinery
  • ME 5530: Internal Combustion Engines
  • ME 5531: Automotive Powertrain Laboratory
  • ME 6526: Combustion
  • ME 7236: Powertrain Dynamics
  • ME 7260: Automotive Noise and Vibration Control I
  • ME 7261: Automotive Noise and Vibration Control II (with Lab)
  • ME 7262: Automotive Noise and Vibration Control II
  • ME 7263: Automotive Noise and Vibration Control II (with Lab)
  • ME 7383: Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems for Automotive Applications
  • ME 7384: Energy Modeling, Simulation, Optimization and Control of Advanced Vehicles
  • ME 7440: Internal Combustion Engine Modeling
  • ME 7520: Wave Dynamics in Fluids
  • ME 8312: Diesel Powertrain Systems Control
  • ME 8322: Vehicle System Dynamics and Control
  • ME 8372: Fault Diagnosis in Dynamic Systems
  • ME 8603: Irreversible Thermodynamics and Transport of Charge, Heat, and Spin