Access Period: 90 days
Duration: 5.25 Hours
An efficient, durable, and quiet running drivetrain is as essential to customer satisfaction as styling and interior creature comforts. In this e-Seminar, you will be exposed to various methods that can be used to accomplish this goal. Designed to help you visualize both individual components and the entire drivetrain system - without reference to complicated equations - this e-seminar focuses on the terms, functions, nomenclature, operating characteristics and effect on vehicle performance for each of the drivetrain components. Instructor Joseph Palazzolo provides an introduction to the various components of the drivetrain, including the clutch or torque converter, manual or automatic transmission, driveshaft, axle, wheel ends, and brakes.
The course presentation also provides insight into: the structure and function of each component; vehicle performance; and related noise, vibration and harshness issues. You will be equipped to evaluate the space requirements, mounting needs, clearances required, and effect on vehicle performance for each component.
Based on the popular classroom seminar, the five and a quarter hour course is divided into seven modules accompanied by a handbook.
Is this e-Seminar for You?
This e-Seminar was intended for engineers now working with passenger car, sport utility, truck, bus, industrial, and off-highway vehicles who have had minimal prior experience with the total drivetrain. An engineering undergraduate degree in any discipline would be beneficial.
This course satisfies a requirement in the Transmission/Drivetrain Certificate Program.
Click on the Requirements tab to make sure you are properly equipped to interact with this course.0.5 CEUs
"Excellent overview of the entire drivetrain, but includes some detail and practical insight instead of being too broad and overgeneralized."
Scott A. Van Luvender
"An informative seminar for general introduction to the drivetrain components and terminology for any one entering the drivetrain industry."
Friction Material Manager
Sulzer Euroflamm US, Inc.
"This course tied together the subjects that I have been trained in very well."
By participating in this e-Seminar, you will be able to:
- Discuss both practical and technical aspects of smoothing clutch operation by incorporating cushion and torsional dampers
- Compare different types of transmission synchronizers, automatic transmission torque converters, hydraulic clutch operation and epicyclic gear trains
- Describe the interaction of gear ratios and vehicle performance as related to engine horsepower and torque curves
- Explain phasing and mounting of propeller shafts as related to torsional excitation and secondary couple loads
- Review different types of differentials
- Compare common misconceptions of limited slip devices to their actual performance
- Recognize four-wheel drive systems and the need for an inter-axle differential
- Appraise electronic control of torque through braking and clutching devices
- Evaluate the total drivetrain package as a system
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- [Total Run Time: 1 hour]
- Explain the function of a manual transmission clutch system
- Identify all the components of the clutch system and their function
- Calculate clutch torque capacity and explain the significance of each parameter
- Explain the difference between pull and push type clutch actuation systems
- Identify the different clutch pedal travel positions
- Troubleshoot common clutch problems and potential solutions
- [Total Run Time: 58 minutes]
- Explain the functionality of torque multiplication and its relationship to speed
- Identify the components that compromise manual and automatic transmissions
- Explain the need and function for energy absorbing devices like synchronizers and clutches
- Graphically illustrate the underlying fundamentals of gearing and multi-speed transmission powerflow
- Describe the basic function of fluid couplings
- [Total Run Time: 50 minutes]
- Define the primary function of prophafts
- Explain lead-lag phenomenon of single cardan joints and phasing to correct
- Explain the difference between static and dynamic balance
- Interpret the concept to constant velocity joints
- [Total Run Time: 59 minutes]
- Distinguish the different drive gear types
- Define the need for differentials and their function in the a vehicle
- Explain the inherent pros and cons of open differentials versus limited slip
- Identify the axle wheel end types along with common complaints and concerns
- [Total Run Time: 17 minutes]
- List the different types of All-Wheel Drive Systems
- Compare and contrast the different modes of operation and their use
- Identify typical transfer case design parameters
- [Total Run Time: 5 minutes]
- Explain the difference between live and dead spindle
- Name the requirements for wheel end bearing packages
- [Total Run Time: 55 minutes]
- Explain the basic brake system function
- Identify the different types of line routing methods and why
- Define the basic function of the master cylinder, brake booster, calipers, and wheel cylinders
- Compare and contrast disc versus drum brake systems
- Articulate the basic function and concept of anti-lock brake systems
Instructor(s): Joe Palazzolo
Joe Palazzolo is employed as Chief Engineer – Geared Products at GKN Driveline Torque Technology Group where he manages the mechanical design and development of new automotive gearboxes, torque transfer devices, concepts, and integration into production applications. His prior professional experience includes all-wheel systems design and development, power transfer unit and transfer case design, and torque management device development at Visteon Corporation, Warn Industries, and Ford Motor Company.
Mr. Palazzolo is an ASE certified Master Technician, chaired the SAE All-Wheel Drive Standards Committee, and has been an active SAE member since 1990. He is a past recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development and education (2007) and also achieved the SAE Master Instructor designation (2010).
Mr. Palazzolo is the award winning author of High-Performance Differentials, Axles & Drivelines. He has designed, built, campaigned and supported various race cars and teams for both professional and amateur racing organizations. His scope of work has been entire vehicle inclusive but also focused on competitive, high-performance drivetrain systems. He holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University and a Masters degree in Automotive Engineering from Lawrence Technological University. He has received numerous patents for his work and creativity in advancing mobility systems.
- 90 days of single-user access (from date of purchase) to the 5 hour course
- Links to streaming video modules
- Course Handbook (downloadable, .pdf's, subject to DRM)
- Online Pre-test (self-test, immediate results)
- Online Post-test (submit to SAE)
- Instructor follow up to your content questions
- 0.6 CEUs*/Certificate of Achievement (with satisfactory post-test score)
SAE "e-Seminars" are electronically delivered seminars featuring full-motion video illustrated with synchronized presentation slides. e-Seminars are based on some of SAE's most highly attended and rated classroom seminars.
- Windows 7, 8 (Apple OSX and Unix/Linux are not supported but may work)
- Pentium 4 PC
- Minimum 512 MB RAM; recommended 1 GB RAM
- Internet Explorer 8-11, Mozilla Firefox 37+, Google Chrome 42+ (Safari and Opera are not supported)
- Flash Player 8.0 & above
- Flash® Player 13+
- Broadband-1Mbps minimum