Introduction to Powertrain Calibration Engineering     


I.D.# WB1346Printable Description
Duration: 5 Hours
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Show Session Dates
March 20-22, 2018 (2 Sessions ) - Live Online
Show Session Dates
August 27-29, 2018 (2 Sessions ) - Live Online

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.

Learning Objectives
By participating in this web seminar, 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
  • Who Should Attend
    This web seminar 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 i

    Topical Outline
    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, Greg Banish, Chi Binh La, Talus Park
    Julian BlairJulian Blair, Calibration Process Lead, Engine Development, Calibration and Verification, General Motors
    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 BanishGreg Banish, Senior Calibration Engineer, Ford Motor Company
    Greg Banish is a mechanical engineer and motorsports enthusiast. He currently works as the powertrain development manager for Roush/SLP, leading calibration and development of emissions legal high performance vehicle packages. 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. Greg later worked for SiemensVDO and General Motors, and Ford Motor Company as a calibration engineer on programs ranging from direct injection turbocharged engines to hybrids. He is a member of SAE International and SEMA and has authored two books and several instructional DVDs 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 Bihn LaChi Binh La, Business Unit Director, Gasoline and Alternative Fuels, IAV Inc.
    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 ParkTalus Park, Skill Team Leader, Calibration & Certification, AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    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.

    Registration Information
    Registration for this live web seminar is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. Participants attend an online session from work or home; anywhere with a PC with internet access and a telephone. The fee includes one connection to the conference calls (toll free telephone number provided for U.S. and select countries*) and assigned personal ID number; one connection to SAE's online training center (via WebEx); and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center that contains the presentations, supplemental materials, and assignments.

    Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the start of the web seminar, but early registration is encouraged to allow for pre-course set-up and instructions.

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    Fees: $425.00 ; SAE Members: $340.00 - $383.00

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

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