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Certificate Programs
Diesel Technology
Online (anytime) and On-site Delivery (Dates vary) | -
SAE International | SAE/Kettering University Curriculum Certificate
SAE International

This five-course package is designed to equip engineers with a solid understanding of diesel engines, emissions and after treatment strategies, and related components including fuel injection, and air management. The program design requires completion of courses that address these areas and then allows for further depth in after treatment technologies through a menu of electives.

SAE International | LHPU Curriculum Certificate
SAE International

Embedded controls engineers focus their strategies at the system level and their technical know-how to the complex control of the subsystems and components. Skilled embedded controls engineers proficient in strategy development using Simulink are in high demand in the automotive industry. This intensive, six-week course covers gasoline controls exercises includes the utilization of software technology for rapid controls prototyping. This course, presented by LHPU, covers topics such as, feedback of a PI controller, gasoline engine overview, gasoline governing strategies, spark and fuel calculations, extensive usage of Simulink and code generation tools, calibration exercises for throttles and idle control, etc.

SAE International | LHPU Curriculum Certificate
SAE International

This course is intended to give students the foundation to implement the ISO 26262 standard. At the end of the course, students should be able to use an Electronic Throttle Control to explain the concepts and demonstrate Functional Safety using the ISO 26262 standard requirements. This course is designed to give students the skills, confidence, and experience to contribute on the first day of their job as a professional engineer.

Classroom Seminars
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) Engines
March 4-6, 2019 | Troy, Michigan, USA
SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

The quest for more efficient, smarter, and environmentally cleaner liquid-fueled spark ignition (SI) reciprocating engines is more alive and intense now than ever before. GDI SI engines have overcome many of the original limitations and are now becoming commonplace. This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of GDI engines. Mixture preparation and the combustion process, with an emphasis on strategies for both homogenous and stratified charge operation and control, including issues related to the direct injection of gasoline into the combustion chamber, and fuel injection system requirements for optimal spray characteristics will be explored. Emission of pollutants, fuel economy and effects of some key design and operating parameters will also be covered. The seminar concludes with an overview of a select list of production and prototype GDI engines.

Vehicle Dynamics for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks
April 8-10, 2019 | Detroit, Michigan, USA
SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

This seminar will present an introduction to Vehicle Dynamics from a vehicle system perspective. The theory and applications are associated with the interaction and performance balance between the powertrain, brakes, steering, suspensions and wheel and tire vehicle subsystems. The role that vehicle dynamics can and should play in effective automotive chassis development and the information and technology flow from vehicle system to subsystem to piece-part is integrated into the presentation. Governing equations of motion are developed and solved for both steady and transient conditions. Manual and computer techniques for analysis and evaluation are presented. Vehicle system dynamic performance in the areas of drive-off, braking, directional control and rollover is emphasized. The dynamics of the powertrain, brakes, steering, suspension and wheel and tire subsystems and their interactions are examined along with the important role of structure and structural parameters related to vehicle dynamics. Physical experiments, applicable to vehicle dynamics are also introduced.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

Driven by high fuel prices, environmental regulations, and consumer demand, the market for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) has experienced rapid growth. Every major automotive company produces an HEV. There are approximately fifty different HEV models on the market and over eight million HEVs already sold. In order to meet current and future demands in the HEV and PHEV markets, success will depend on engineering personnel knowing how to develop and manufacture HEV powertrains.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

As diesel emissions regulations have become more and more stringent, diesel particulate filters (DPF) have become possibly the most important and complex diesel aftertreatment device. This seminar covers many DPF-related topics using fundamentals from various branches of applied sciences such as porous media, filtration and materials sciences and will provide the student with both a theoretical as well as an applications-oriented approach to enhance the design and reliability of aftertreatment platforms. Structure, geometry, composition, performance, applications and optimizations of DPFs are some of the main topics covered in this advanced level seminar. Computer simulation techniques for analysis and optimization of DPF performance are also demonstrated.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

This course covers the broad range of heat transfer considerations that arise during the design and development of the engine and the vehicle with a primary focus on computational models and experimental validation covering the flow of heat from its origin in the engine cylinders and its transfer via multiple paths through engine components. Specifically, the course will cover heat transfer design considerations related to the following: engine cooling and lubrication systems as well as bay-to-bay breathing; exhaust system and after-treatment components; tail pipe gas temperatures, as well as thermal interactions between the engine and its exhaust system with the components in the vehicle under-hood and under-body; turbochargers; passenger cabin HVAC system, including windshield de-icing; battery cooling; heat exchangers and challenges associated with predicting thermal mechanical fatigue life of components.

SAE International | Web Seminar& RePlay Only
SAE International

This three session web seminar will examine the various catalytic processes for lean burn applications, including Selective Catalytic NOx Reduction (SCR), NOx Trap Technologies (i.e. LNT, NSR), and the combination of SCR, NOx Trap and Hydrocarbon NOx Reduction (LNC). It will focus in on SCR NOx fundamentals, equipping participants with the basic concepts for NOx control and important design parameters for SCR NOx catalyst. The course will examine the system design for SCR in diesel applications including passenger cars and heavy duty trucks, including SCR catalysts, SCR integration with diesel particulate filter, key sensor development catalyst durability issues and urea control.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

This one-day seminar will begin with a review of the basic principles of diesel engines and fuel injection systems. Diesel and alternative fuels will be discussed, followed by current and emerging diesel engine applications. The majority of the day will be dedicated to the common rail system itself, beginning with a comprehensive overview of the complete system. The instructor will then introduce the main subsystems, including hydraulics and controls. Finally, the subsystems will then be broken-down into their respective components.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

This course provides a basic yet thorough examination of technical issues involved in automotive gasoline and diesel fuel delivery. Participants will acquire a fundamental understanding of the current technology and requirement guidelines and apply some of the principles through an in-class project and exercises. Examples of frequently encountered technical issues of fuel delivery systems shall also be discussed. The course is designed to encourage discussion, insights, and possible solutions into the engineering problems encountered in the gasoline and diesel fuel delivery systems and components.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

The seminar begins by defining the axle fundamentals and operation followed by an in-depth review of original equipment axles, differentials, torque bias, hypoid gears, and rebuild steps. The different manufacturing and service techniques required for different gear architectures is also reviewed. The seminar concludes with a unique applications-specific workshop and industry trends discussion. Upon completion of the seminar, attendees will have a working knowledge of axles, hypoid gearing, and differentials (open and limited slip), along with typical performance enthusiast modifications for race teams and weekend warriors.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

This course will help you determine how to design a championship-winning racing engine including many of the key calculations that support the pursuit of power. Attention to detail on every aspect of engine design is emphasized with focus on applying simple math, physics, and even plain old common sense, rather than relying heavily on sophisticated software.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

This two day seminar will provide attendees a comprehensive overview of the benefits of HCCI combustion and the main challenges to its acceptance and use in vehicles. Current technologies will be examined along with recent developments in HCCI engines. The characteristics of several commercial engines that use HCCI combustion during a portion of their operating range and the future directions for HCCI research will also be examined.

This seminar will provide you with basic knowledge and recent advances in combustion-initiation (ignition) issues to more intelligently evaluate and harness their potentials. Thermodynamic and fluid mechanical properties of the unburned charge near the spark plug and at the time of ignition strongly affect the quality of the combustion and therefore the emission of the pollutants from the engine. Furthermore, a weak ignition limits engine performance and drivability. The so-called cyclic variability, which affects and bounds the lean and knock limits of an engine design is to a great degree influenced by the ignition system. Equally important, the ignition system can and is being used to provide local in-cylinder information on air-fuel ratio, misfire, knock, and mass fraction burned in each individual cylinder. Hence, great potential exists for applications of this information for individual cylinder control strategy to attain a more fuel efficient and environmentally compatible engine.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

The goal of this two-day seminar is to introduce engineers and managers to the basic principles of cooling airflow systems for commercial and off-road vehicles. Participants will learn about vehicle/product constraints, integration issues, cooling airflow, system resistance, fans, shrouds, radiators, coolers, estimating heat rejection, thermal accumulation, air recirculation, system performance, and underhood airflow. Basic concepts will be reinforced with in-class discussion of case studies.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

This four hour seminar provides an introduction to the behavior of mufflers and silencers including a description of the two-port approach to muffler design. This seminar covers the acoustic simulation of muffler and silencer systems and the use of experimental methods to measure muffler performance. Following a review of basic muffler concepts and definitions, this seminar will focus on meeting design objectives such as insertion loss with a specified back pressure requirement. This seminar will show how modern software such as SIDLAB can be used to model both the acoustics and flow in achieving the design objective and the role that 1D engine simulations can play in providing important input. The final topic will cover optimizing muffler design to meet a specified design objective with a specified space constraint. The main focus is on IC-engine intake and exhaust systems, but most of the information is also applicable to any pipe or duct system.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

This seminar is designed to provide gear novices with a general understanding of gear nomenclature, geometry, and arrangements. Starting with the basic definition of gears, conjugate motion and the "Laws of Gearing", you will gain a solid understanding of gearing and the fundamentals of rotary motion transfer through gear-trains. Gear classifications, tooth forms and geometry, and very high-level application considerations, manufacturing processes, and inspection techniques will be covered.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

In this two-day seminar, hydraulic hybrid vehicle systems and their potential will be examined using model based evaluations. This will include an evaluation and comparison of hybrid configurations as well as the introduction of components used in these hydraulic hybrid systems. Also provided will be details on how hydraulic systems are designed and integrated into vehicles, including interactions with braking systems and various other vehicle systems. Recent developments in hydraulic machines and an update on the component technology needed to implement these solutions will also be presented.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

In this introductory one-day seminar on the basic principles of the planetary gear train, the instructor will guide participants through the basic structure and the various types of planetary gear trains. In addition, participants will be introduced to ratio calculation methods, gear train arrangements and power flow, component life estimation, and related NVH issues. Together, the principles and practices presented in this seminar will provide participants a fundamental and practical understanding of this important technology.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

This seminar focuses on the process of liquid atomization and spray formation and how it relates to fuel injection systems and emission of pollutants in modern engines. The seminar begins with background coverage of terminology, the purposes of liquid atomization and spray formation, and different designs of atomizers and nozzles employed in various industries. The focus is then directed to gasoline and diesel fuel injections, injector designs, and performance requirements for optimum engine operation with lowest possible emission of harmful pollutants. Based on the idea that knowledge of technical practices and advances in one area (i.e. diesel fuel injection) is beneficial to engineers in other areas (gasoline direct injection, rocket engines), this seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach. Attendees will understand the technology and logic behind different injector designs, and gain the knowledge to judge, adapt and transfer technology advances from one discipline to another.

In this introductory one-day seminar on the basic principles of the planetary gear train, the instructor will guide participants through the basic structure and the various types of planetary gear trains. In addition, participants will be introduced to ratio calculation methods, gear train arrangements and power flow, component life estimation, and related NVH issues. Together, the principles and practices presented in this seminar will provide participants a fundamental and practical understanding of this important technology.

This 2 day seminar will focus on providing attendees with an overview of hybrid electric vehicle propulsion systems followed by design and control approaches for series, parallel, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Finally, high efficiency energy management strategies are addressed. To ensure a thorough understanding of the design concepts and practical applications covered in this course, a number of case problems, examples, and demonstrations are utilized.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

The course begins with a discussion of the road load forces that act on the automobile (aerodynamic, rolling resistance, and gravitational) followed by a review of pertinent engine characteristics. This background information is then used to show how appropriate gear ratios for a vehicle transmission are selected and to develop models for predicting acceleration performance and fuel economy. The models form the basis for the computer software used to predict vehicle performance. Participants will also use an in-vehicle accelerometer, GPS fifth-wheel, and an OBDII scanner to measure vehicle performance.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

This course provides a practical introduction to ECMs, including the uses for the various sensors. It also covers the specific methods used to incorporate the various sensor signals into the ECM's control systems for the fuel injection rate, fuel injection timing, and ignition timing. Background information will include an understanding of the desired air/fuel ratio and optimum ignition timing. While examples are tailored around the application of the ECM to Formula SAE race engines, this course is useful for improving any engineer's understanding of the functions of the ECM for other types of race engines as well as production engines.

SAE International | Classroom Seminar
SAE International

In this two-day seminar, the primary focus is on urea SCR and its technology will be fully examined. The important chemical reactions and methods for improving SCR performance by encouraging desirable reactions and avoiding undesirable reactions are explained. Additionally, the components and control of a urea SCR system are detailed and the necessary sensors for its control are described. The SAE paper Laboratory Testing of Urea-SCR Formulations to Meet Tier 2 Bin 5 Emissions is included in the course materials.

This seminar will cover the range of Variable Valve Actuation technologies present in the market, their operation principles, and their effect on engine performance. Both gasoline and Diesel applications will be covered including how they impact the in-cylinder combustion as well as the aftertreatment. Participants will have the opportunity to perform hands-on exercises to examine the effects of the engine valve profiles on performance and are asked to bring a laptop computer, with Excel, to the seminar for class exercises.

Web Seminars
Diesel Engine Noise Control
July 23-25, 2019 | Online
SAE International | Web Seminar
SAE International

This web seminar provides an in-depth overview of diesel engine noise including combustion and mechanical noise sources. In addition, the instructor will discuss a system approach to automotive integration including combining sub-systems and components to achieve overall vehicle noise and vibration goals.

This eight-hour web seminar provides a thorough survey of all technologies that are considered applicable to automotive powertrains. These technologies will be reviewed within the contexts of both the other CVT technologies and suitability. Finally, the requirements of the device will be discussed and contrasted to appropriateness for use in a modern automotive application.

SAE International | Web Seminar
SAE International

This web seminar will explore turbocharging for gasoline and diesel (heavy and light duty) engines, including the fundamentals of turbocharging, design features, performance measures, and matching and selection criteria. It will discuss the interaction between turbocharging and engine systems and the impact on performance, fuel economy and emissions. Developments in turbocharging technology such as variable geometry mechanisms, two-stage and sequential (series & parallel) turbocharging, EGR including low pressure loop, high pressure loop and mixed mode systems and novel turbocharging systems will be described using figures and data.

On Demand Courses

This three session web seminar will examine the various catalytic processes for lean burn applications, including Selective Catalytic NOx Reduction (SCR), NOx Trap Technologies (i.e. LNT, NSR), and the combination of SCR, NOx Trap and Hydrocarbon NOx Reduction (LNC). It will focus in on SCR NOx fundamentals, equipping participants with the basic concepts for NOx control and important design parameters for SCR NOx catalyst. The course will examine the system design for SCR in diesel applications including passenger cars and heavy duty trucks, including SCR catalysts, SCR integration with diesel particulate filter, key sensor development catalyst durability issues and urea control.

SAE International | Web Seminar
SAE International

This web seminar provides an in-depth overview of diesel engine noise including combustion and mechanical noise sources. In addition, the instructor will discuss a system approach to automotive integration including combining sub-systems and components to achieve overall vehicle noise and vibration goals.

SAE International | Web Seminar
SAE International

The goal of this course is to introduce engineers and managers to the basic principles of diesel cooling airflow systems for commercial and off-road vehicles. Participants will learn about vehicle/product constraints, integration issues, cooling airflow, system resistance, fans, shrouds, radiators, coolers, estimating heat rejection, thermal recirculation, and overall system performance. Basic concepts will be reinforced with examples and a cooling performance calculation of a diesel cooling system.

SAE International | Web Seminar
SAE International

This course will explore turbocharging for gasoline and diesel (heavy and light duty) engines, including the fundamentals of turbocharging, design features, performance measures, and matching and selection criteria. It will discuss the interaction between turbocharging and engine systems and the impact on performance, fuel economy and emissions. Developments in turbocharging technology such as variable geometry mechanisms, two-stage and sequential (series & parallel) turbocharging, EGR including low pressure loop, high pressure loop and mixed mode systems and novel turbocharging systems will be described using figures and data.