Gasoline Engine Calibration Engineering Academy     New!


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Duration: 5 Days
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Tuning the multiple electronic variables to ensure that a vehicle's engine performs according to its mission profile ultimately relies upon a competent calibrator. Because proper calibration is such a critical aspect of customer satisfaction, skilled calibrators are in high demand in the auto industry. This Academy is designed to provide a foundation for those interested in becoming calibration engineers.

Starting with an introduction to calibration and calibration tools, this Academy covers a range of topics that will provide learners with an understanding of general calibration work flow. The project management aspects of calibration such as developing calibration processes and manuals, establishing calibration project schedules, and incorporating calibration testing into the project plan will be discussed during the Academy. The relationship between calibration and software strategy will be studied as well as the importance of understanding software strategy. Learners will utilize Simulink to learn the different strategies. Examples of engine control strategies will be provided and will include an explanation on how these strategies would be calibrated.

Learners will be challenged each day with hands-on calibration projects designed to illustrate the details and complexities of calibration of specific engine control strategies. These activities include studying PID control feedback systems, calibrating the position control on an electronic throttle, and taking a live engine from a cranking state to running. Learners will also have the opportunity to fine tune the control of idle speed, look at crank to idle transition, and pedal to idle transition through hands-on exercises on either engine start stands or actual vehicles.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Explain the differences between strategy and calibration
  • Describe the general calibration process
  • Demonstrate accurate use of calibration tools
  • Determine software strategies for calibration
  • Identify the basic aspects of engine calibration development

Who Should Attend
This Academy is intended for anyone not familiar with the operational theories or functional principles of calibration. It is recommended for mechanical or electrical engineers who are new to the field of calibration engineering or software engineers looking to design software strategies for ease of calibration. Managers new to calibration positions who need an understanding of general calibration workflow will also benefit from attending this Academy. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of Simulink as well as a fundamental understanding of engines.

Topical Outline


  • Difference Between Software Strategy and Calibration
  • Difference Between Calibration Parameters, Maps, Tables, and Display Parameters
  • Calibration Revision Management
    • Number of calibration parameters
    • Production release testing and release process
  • Controller Area Network (CAN) communications and interface hardware
  • Preview of Calibration Tool (MonoTune)
  • MonoTune Exercise
  • Electronic Throttle PID Control Strategies


  • Engine Fundamentals
  • Engine Control Basics
  • Sensor Calibration and Exercise
  • Fuel Injector Calibration
  • Spark Calibration
  • Cranking Strategy Review and Exercise


  • Engine Fundamental Review
  • Torque Based Air Control
  • Fuel Control
  • Feedback Control
  • Min Governor
  • Min Governor Exercise
  • Crank to Run Tuning Exercise


  • Cold Start Exercise
  • Engine Steady State Calibration - Torque
  • Engine Steady State Calibration – Torque Control
  • Engine Steady State Calibration – Virtual Sensor
  • Volumetric Efficiency (VE)
  • VE Exercise
  • Air Fuel (A/F) Ration Control
  • A/F Ratio Exercise


  • Engine Calibration Goal Review
  • Transient State – Compensation
  • Transient State – Warm up
  • Engine Transient States Exercise
  • Onboard Diagnostics (OBD) Introduction
  • OBD Calibration
  • Sensor Fault Calibration

Instructor(s): Xiaopeng Fang
Xiaopeng Fang is a Solution Architect for LHP Engineering Solutions. Dr. Fang has spent his entire career in product development in control system development and calibration. Dr. Fang has worked with Diesel Engine Control, Natural Gas Engine Control, and Gasoline Engine Control with multiple companies throughout his career. Dr. Fang is currently leading AUTOSAR and Functional Safety sectors for the automotive industry at LHP. Dr. Fang attended Automotive Engineering in Tsinghua University and received a Master of Science Degree and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Fees: $3995.00 ; SAE Members: $3196.00 - $3596.00

4.0 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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