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Duration: 5 Days
  Delivered in
March 19-23, 2018 (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ) - Troy, Michigan    

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The Transmission Engineering Academy covers the sciences of automotive passenger car and light truck engineering principles and practices necessary to effectively understand, develop, specify and start the design process. Topics include advances in manual, automatic, automated manual, and continuously variable transmission technology, materials and processes applicable to the major components within these transmissions, calibration of these systems unto themselves and integration into the full vehicle powertrain. The Transmission Academy is an intensive learning experience comprised of multiple industry experts who lead lecture and structured practical sessions, including a team-solved case study problem, production and / or test facility tours and a comprehensive hands-on workshop. Two evening sessions are included.

Course materials include a copy of the textbook, The Automotive Transmission Book, by Robert Fischer. Attendees may be involved in one or more of the following; driving and / or riding in a vehicle, participating in a hands-on workshop, and / or taking part in an offsite tour using outside transportation. Attendees may be required to sign a waiver on-site and produce a valid driver license from your state / country of residence.

Learning Objectives

By attending this Transmission Engineering Academy, you will be able to identify or describe:

  • Several new and emerging technologies within the transmission engineering field
  • Specific transmission terminology, design and development processes
  • Key issues facing transmission designers, calibrators and integrators
  • The fundamental technical reasons and limitations of transmission technology in terms of efficiency, NVH, service life and drivability (i.e. operator satisfaction)
  • Calibration techniques, methods and outcomes and assess the affectivity of the results
  • The key aspects of transmission integration into the modern vehicle powertrain
  • The function, limitation and concerns with lubrication as it applies to transmission operation
  • Emerging transmission technologies, their optimum application, limitations, cost implications and as a function of regulation and operator expectation

Who Should Attend
This academy will be especially valuable for engineers who design, calibrate and/or integrate any common style transmission into the following types of vehicles: passenger cars, light trucks, light duty off-highway vehicles, light duty farm machinery, and military vehicles.


Attendees are expected to be familiar with the basics of automotive transmission technology, general architecture, powerflow and application through sufficient work experience or by participating in a seminar such as SAE’s Infinitely Variable Transmissions (IVTs) Using a Toroidal Traction Variator
- Performance and Use of Polymer Plain Bearings in Transmission Design
- New Mechanical Shifting Devices in Automotive Transmissions

  • Introduction and Orientation
  • Materials and Processing
    • General Overview of Powdered Metal (PM)
      • General Overview
      • Processing Considerations
      • ‘Working’ Properties
      • Applicability
    • Gear and Bearing Steels
      • Selection Criteria and Considerations
      • Heat Treatment and ‘Working’ Properties
      • Specification and Verification
    • Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS)
      • Working Definition
      • Applicability and Advantages of Use
      • Application Considerations and Specification Requirements
    • Friction Materials
      • Basics
      • Design
      • Application and Specification Considerations
  • Lubrication
    • Basics of Chemistry and Formulation
    • Applicability and Selection
    • Specification
    • Effects of the Use of the ‘Wrong Lubricant’
    • How Lubricants Fail
    • Various Types of Lubricants
      • Gear Oil
      • ATF
      • CVT / Toroidal – Traction Oils
  • Emerging Technologies
    • NuVinci Continuously Variable Planetary (CVP) Technology
      • General Overview
      • Operation, Function, and Applicability
      • Design and Application Considerations
      • Contact Patch Physics and Dynamics
      • Traction Lubrication Phenomenon
      • Failure Modes and Technological Limits
  • Facility Tour

  • Wet Clutch
    • Operation
    • Design
    • Control
    • Required Operational Parameters and Response
    • Failure Mechanisms
  • Kinematics
    • Concept of the Stick Diagram and the Lever Diagram
    • Interrelationship of Components
    • Use As A Means to Optimize Packaging
  • CVT Push-Belt
    • Definition and Operation
    • Benefits, Considerations and Limitations
    • Design Elements, Features and Considerations
    • Application and Operational Concerns
  • CVT Pull-Chain
    • Definition and Operation
    • Benefits, Considerations and Limitations
    • Design Elements, Features and Considerations
    • Application and Operational Concerns
  • Rotational Inertia Workshop

  • Transmission Charge Pump
    • Specifications and Operational Requirements
    • Technologies - Current and Near Term Applicable
    • Design Aspects and Attributes
    • How to Quantify and Reduce Parasitic Losses
    • Failure Modes and Effects on Transmission Systems
  • Torque Converter
    • Operation
    • Analytic Representation, Analysis and Assessment for Application
    • Effect of Transmission System Operation
    • Failure Modes and Effects
  • System Dampener
    • Operation
    • Analytic Representation, Analysis and Assessment for Application
    • Effect of Transmission System Operation
    • Failure Modes and Effects
    • Hands-On Workshop

  • Automated Manual and Dual-Clutch Transmission Technology
    • Benefits of Technology to Automotive Power-Transmission
    • Justification for Use
    • Basic Considerations of Design and Application
    • Subtleties of Design and Application
    • Powertrain Integration Issues
  • Dual-Mass Systems As Applied to Dual-Clutch Transmissions
    • Definition and Description of Dual-Mass Technologies
    • Functional Objectives
    • Application Considerations
    • Design Parameters and Considerations
    • Failure Modes and Component / System Protection
  • Transmission Calibration and Communication
    • Objectives, Function and Requirements
    • ‘What is Calibration’
    • Common Calibration Techniques
    • Operational Assessment of ‘Good vs. Bad’ Calibration
    • System Response and Tuning
  • Energy Management Through the Transmission
    • Energy and Its Forms
    • Parasitic Losses
    • Sources of Inefficiencies and Solutions to Losses
  • Assessment, Evaluation and Conclusion
The order in which the topics are presented and timing thereof is subject to change.

Practical Component: This Academy includes several practical activities, including a team-solved case study, a technical facility tour and a hands-on workshop.

Instructor(s): William Mark McVea - Lead Instructor, KBE+, Inc; David Anderson, Sr. Director, Long Products Market Development Group, Steel Market Institute; Christopher Cleveland, R&D Scientist, Afton Chemical Corporation; Michael Doherty, Director Marketing & New Bu

Fees: $3865.00 ; SAE Members: $3865.00 - $3865.00

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

To register, click Register button at the top of this page and submit the online form, or contact SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (724/776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at