Introduction to Powertrain Calibration Engineering Web Seminar RePlay

I.D.# PD331346ON
Access Period: 30 Days
Duration: 5 Hours

Driven by the need for lower emissions, better fuel economy and improved drive quality, optimized powertrain calibrations are required for the many different vehicle configurations on today's roadways. While powertrain components such as the internal combustion engine, transmission, and hybrid electric powertrain are somewhat familiar to the automotive industry, the control theory, calibrations and system interactions between these components are a relatively unfamiliar aspect.


This web seminar will introduce participants to the concepts behind optimized powertrain calibrations and how they impact fuel consumption, exhaust emissions, and vehicle performance. Participants will also gain exposure to the role that the calibration plays in the system level interactions of the various powertrain components.

Each participant will be asked to view the recording from the one-hour SAE Vehicle/Powertrain Calibration Engineering: What Is It and Why Is It For You? Telephone/Webcast as a course requirement.

Is this Web Seminar RePlay for You?
This course is intended for anyone who would like a better understanding of powertrain calibration and how it influences vehicle performance and drivability. Engineering students with an automotive interest through automotive professionals will gain insight into the calibration process and its system impact. It will also be beneficial to those involved in the specification, design, development, testing and planning of vehicles and powertrains. Product planners and program managers will find the overview aspects helpful.


Material presented will be practical in nature with basic mathematics used to describe quantitative measures. A background in mechanical or electrical engineering will assist in gaining maximum benefit from the material presented. Experience or training in engine or transmission engineering is helpful, but not essential.


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0.5 CEUs

"This course is a great starting point for engineers considering a career path in vehicle and engine calibration. It is very insightful and highly recommended."
Eric Zbytowski
EEM Injection Engineering Manager
Walbro Engine Management


By participating in this web seminar replay, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of calibration in powertrain and vehicle performance
  • Identify the fundamental requirements that drive powertrain calibration development
  • List the major international regulatory agencies
  • Identify the driving factors for complexity of powertrain systems
  • Identify the powertrain system interactions that are influenced by calibration
  • Recognize tools used in the development of powertrain calibrations
  • Diagram the high level calibration process flow


Session 1
Requirements, Boundary Conditions and Complexity

  • Fundamental requirements driving powertrain calibration
    • Regulations
    • Vehicle Requirements
    • Environmental requirements
  • Overview of the factors driving complexity in powertrain calibration systems
    • Global requirements
    • Fuels
    • Product hardware
Calibration Functional Objectives
  • Overview of some basic powertrain calibration tasks including base engine, transmission, OBD, aftertreatment, vehicle driveability
  • Base Engine Calibrations
    • Steady state models (air charge, exh backpressure, knock thresholds)
    • Single point optimizations (spark, AFR, VVT, EGR, FUP, etc..)
    • Simple transients
  • In-vehicle validation of dyno cals
    • Steady state correlation
    • Transient conditions
    • Knock behavior and fuel sensitivity
  • Vehicle-specific Calibrations
    • Pedal progression
    • Drive/shift quality
    • Emissions
    • Performance
  • Location-Specific Calibrations
    • Customer expectation of “normal” behavior in all climates
    • Hot weather (component protection)
    • Cold Weather (Emissions, startability, drive quality)
  • Altitude (Emissions, startability, drive quality, performance)
Session 2
  • Systems – How they interact
    • What is a powertrain system?
    • Powertrain subsystem calibration and interactions (engine, aftertreatment, transmission, hybrid, control)
    • Overview of some basic powertrain components and their effects on the overall system
    • Communication between systems and components
    • The calibration engineer’s role in the overall development process as the bridge between hardware and controls
  • Calibration Tasks
    • Testing environments for calibration engineers including simulations, engine test cells, powertrain test cells, chassis dynamometer test cells and test track/field testing
    • Tools of the trade - industry standard tools and specialized tools that calibration engineers use
    • Using test data to create a calibration including modeling, optimization and table generation

Instructor(s): Julian Blair, Gregory Banish, Chi Binh La and Talus Park

Julian Blair is the Calibration Process Lead of Engine Development, Calibration and Verification for General Motors. Named to this position in January 2013, Julian leads the Global Calibration Process Technical Resource Board with the charter of streamlining GM calibrations tools to enable the benefits of common process. Previously, Julian was a Calibration Specialist on V6 passenger car applications for a number of engine calibration areas namely; Torque Modeling and Control, Spark and Dilution Control, Electronic Throttle Control, and Fuel Control. He also held positions of Lead Engine Calibrator, Test Automation Engineer and Test Technology Engineer in the GM Engine Development Dynamometer Laboratory. Julian joined GM’s engineering team in 2001 after graduating from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a licensed and registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.

Greg Banish is a mechanical engineer and motorsports enthusiast who works in Ford Motor Company’s gasoline engine calibration group. After studying for a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at GMI Engineering & Management Institute (Kettering University), he wrote his thesis on vehicle instrumentation and measurement. Putting this education to practical use, he founded his own performance shop outside of Detroit and has served local enthusiasts, shops, automotive companies and OEMs. Greg later worked for SiemensVDO and General Motors as a calibration engineer on programs ranging from direct injection turbocharged engines to the Chevy Volt Hybrid control system. He is a member of SAE International and SEMA and has authored two books on aftermarket EFI calibration. With thousands aftermarket calibrations performed, he has worked with a wide variety of engines and control systems in addition to his OEM calibration work.

Chi Binh La has over 15 years of experience in engine development covering NVH, mechanical development and calibration, as well as analysis and simulation. In 2012, he joined IAV where he is responsible for the strategic vision and profitable growth of the business unit. Technically the business unit is responsible for the development of gasoline and alternative fueled engines including base engine calibration to vehicle drivability, emissions and OBD. Chi Binh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo and a Master’s Degree in Engine Systems from University of Wisconsin.

Talus Park is the Calibration Skill Team Leader at AVL Powertrain Engineering based in Plymouth, Michigan. He is responsible for diesel and gasoline engine calibration, transmission calibration as well as certification services throughout North America. His team is focused on utilizing innovative tools and methods to deliver high quality calibration projects with maximum efficiency. Mr. Park has over twelve years of experience in the transportation industry focused on calibration. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.

Materials Provided

  • Thirty days of online single-user access to the two session, approximately four hour, recorded presentation
  • Course workbook (downloadable, .pdf's)
  • Online learning assessment
  • .4 CEUs* (with satisfactory assessment score)
*SAE Webinar Recordings award the IACET CEU.

About RePlays

SAE Web Seminar RePlays are audio/visual captures of live web seminars. The course sessions are unedited to include the results of interactions with the live participants and to expedite course availability. A learning assessment is available at the end of the course to reinforce learning and retention and gauge your understanding of the topic.

Equipment Requirements

  • 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 10-11, Mozilla Firefox 37 , Google Chrome 42 (Safari and Opera are not supported)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum

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