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Training / Education
2014-12-11
Engineers and managers involved with product development are constantly challenged to reduce time to market, minimize warranty costs, and increase product quality. With less and less time for testing, the need for effective accelerated test procedures has never been greater. This course covers the benefits, limitations, processes, and applications of several proven accelerated test methods including accelerated reliability, step stress, FSLT (Full System Life Test), FMVT® (Failure Mode Verification Testing), HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing), and HASS (Highly Accelerated Stress Screening). A combination of hands-on exercises, team activities, discussion, and lecture are used throughout the course. Participants will also receive a copy of the instructor's book, Accelerated Testing and Validation Management, which includes numerous hands-on exercises and a CD with analytical spreadsheets. Attendees are requested to bring a calculator to the seminar.
Training / Education
2014-12-08
It is a well-known fact that the number of women in science, engineering and business fields is growing, yet men continue to outnumber women, especially at the upper levels of these professions. Many women appear to encounter a series of challenges at early or midcareer stages that contribute to them leaving their careers prematurely due to feelings of isolation, an unsupportive work environment, extreme work schedules, and unclear rules about advancement and success. This program serves as a unique opportunity to obtain both formal and informal mentoring tips from a successful woman engineer who spent over 25 years in the petrochemical/specialty chemical industry. She has seen and has experienced significant changes in the number of professional women active in the technical/scientific field and is convinced that more positive change can happen in the future. This seminar will provide detailed guidance, based on real life examples, on how female professionals can become proactive in creating career opportunities via self-assessment, self-motivation, an objective view of one’s own abilities, and continuous steps in self-improvement.
Training / Education
2014-12-04
This seminar provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts and evolution of passenger car and light truck 4x4/all-wheel drive (AWD) systems including the nomenclature utilized to describe these systems. Basic power transfer unit and transfer case design parameters, component application to system function, the future of AWD systems, and emerging technologies that may enable future systems are covered. This course is an excellent follow-up to the "A Familiarization of Drivetrain Components" seminar (which is designed for those who have limited experience with the total drivetrain).
Training / Education
2014-12-02
An efficient, robust, and quiet running drivetrain is as essential to customer satisfaction as styling and interior creature comforts. In this 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 seminar focuses on the terms, functions, nomenclature, operating characteristics and effect on vehicle performance for each of the drivetrain components. Attendees will receive 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. This course also provides insight into: the structure and function of each component; vehicle integration; and related noise, vibration and harshness issues. You will be equipped to evaluate the space requirements, mounting needs, clearances required, and effect on vehicle response for each component.
Training / Education
2014-12-01
SAE Engineering Academies provide comprehensive and immersive training experiences, helping new and re-assigned engineers become proficient and productive in a short period of time. The Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Engineering Academy covers hybrid and electric vehicle engineering concepts, theory, and applications relevant to HEV, PHEV, EREV, and BEV for the passenger car industry. While the theory and concepts readily apply to the commercial vehicle industry as well, the examples and applications used will apply primarily to the passenger car industry.
Training / Education
2014-11-24
Driven by the need for lower emissions, better fuel economy and higher efficiency, hybrid vehicles are appearing in many different configurations on today's roadways. While the powertrain components such as the drive motor, motor controller and cooling system are somewhat familiar to the automotive industry, the battery systems are a relatively unfamiliar aspect. This seminar will introduce participants to the concepts of hybrid vehicles, their missions and the role of batteries in fulfilling those requirements. Battery topics including limitations, trends in hybrid development, customer wants and needs, battery system development timelines, comparison of electrochemistries and safety will be examined. Current offerings, cost factors, pack design considerations and testing will also be reviewed. Students will have an opportunity to perform a battery pack analysis exercise using a real world application and are requested to bring a calculator to class.
Training / Education
2014-11-20
Engineers are taught to create designs that meet customer specifications. When creating these designs, the focus is usually on the nominal values rather than variation. Robustness refers to creating designs that are insensitive to variability in the inputs. Much of the literature on robustness is dedicated to experimental techniques, particularly Taguchi techniques, which advocate using experiments with replications to estimate variation. This course presents mathematical formulas based on derivatives to determine system variation based on input variation and knowledge of the engineering function. If the function is unknown, experimental techniques are presented to efficiently estimate a function. The concept of designing for both nominal values and variability is expanded to multiple outputs and designing to minimizing costs. Traditionally, if the output variation is too large to meet requirements, the tolerances (variation) of the inputs are reduced. Using the approach presented in this course, the equations presented can be used to identify the contribution of each of the inputs to the output variation.
Training / Education
2014-11-17
This in-depth course covers the GD&T system per ASME Y14.5-2009, including why it reduces costs, how to interpret the symbols, and how to apply these tolerances correctly. Participants will learn the basic definitions and rules, the importance of datums, the meaning of each tolerance, and sample ways of gaging geometric tolerances. The class is mainly lecture, with many practice exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring sample parts and/or prints (with or without GD&T already applied) to class for questions. Time is reserved for discussing the application of GD&T to your parts/prints. Note: A similar course is available live online or on demand.
Training / Education
2014-11-11
The In-Vehicle user environment is transitioning from fixed dedicated features to an extensible connected interface that can dramatically increase complexity faced by the driver. This course will provide a systematic design method to develop intuitive and safe vehicle interface solutions. Participants will learn user interaction design steps, tools, and the team synergies required to develop an interface from concept to the final product. The course will use exercises to practice interface design, with example interfaces to cover lessons learned. Participants will learn key interaction elements and principles to build a robust and flexible interface. Individuals interested in this topic should also consider attending ID# C1340, Vehicle User Experience: Human Factors Principles and Techniques for Design, Research and Development . Both seminars are typically scheduled sequentially.
Training / Education
2014-11-10
After more than 40 years of promise, the next decade will see an explosion in the use of composite materials. Aerospace and general aviation have been using the technology for years and automotive and alternative energy markets are now on the cusp of broader implementation. Car manufacturers are already implementing and launching carbon fiber composite development programs and working with both domestic and foreign producers of carbon fibers and composites. With the significant weight savings associated with composites, it is essential for automotive engineers to become knowledgeable about this technology which may revolutionize the way carbon fiber is used in automobiles and ultimately be instrumental in meeting government mandates for fuel economy. This course will provide an overview of different composite materials in terms of material types such as carbon, glass and natural fibers. The focus, however, will be on carbon fiber processes, typical applications, benefits and shortcomings and limitations.
Training / Education
2014-11-10
Design Review Based on Failure Modes (DRBFM) is a methodology focused on change management and continuous improvement. It centers on early prevention and engineering knowledge, eliminating time spent debating ranking systems, waiting for lead engineers to document and list their concerns, identifying what types of concerns are open for discussion and resolution, and brainstorming without any actionable closure. This Webinar will explain all phases of the DRBFM methodology and provide details on how to accomplish the specific steps. With the Design Review Based on Failure Modes (DRBFM) and Design Review Based on Test Results (DRBTR) Process Guidebook that is bundled with the course, the instructor will provide specific information on each step. Formats, examples, notes and homework slides will be used to illustrate the defined steps of the new SAE J2886 DRBFM Recommended Practice. Similarities in content between DRBFM and FMEA will be discussed, however the focus will be on conducting DRBFM methodology.
Training / Education
2014-11-10
The automotive industry faces unprecedented growth in vehicle technologies and features that can dramatically affect the vehicle user experience. This course will provide an overview of principles and techniques for designing and developing vehicle interfaces which deliver optimal solutions while avoiding unintended consequences like driver distraction. Case studies and exercises will be used to identify best practices with key human factors design and research concepts that provide an intuitive, safe and effective user experience. Individuals interested in this topic should consider attending ID# C1341, Developing In-Vehicle Infotainment User Interfaces: Design Principles and Techniques. Both seminars are typically scheduled sequentially.
Training / Education
2014-11-07
The improved efficiencies of the modern diesel engine have led to its increased use within the mobility industry. The vast majority of these diesel engines employ a high-pressure common rail fuel injection system to increase the engine's fuel-saving potential, emissions reduction, and overall performance. 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.
Training / Education
2014-11-03
Once reserved for high-end luxury vehicles, electronic brake control systems are now required standard equipment on even the most inexpensive cars and trucks. Today, nearly every new vehicle benefits from the optimized braking, enhanced acceleration, or improved stability that these systems provide. This comprehensive seminar introduces participants to the system-level design considerations, vehicle interface requirements, and inevitable performance compromises that must be addressed when implementing these technologies. The seminar begins by defining the tire-road interface and analyzing fundamental vehicle dynamics. Following an in-depth study of system electronics, hydraulic hardware, and sensor requirements, the participants learn about the control strategies employed by anti-lock brakes (ABS), dynamic rear proportioning (DRP), traction control (TCS), and electronic stability control (ESC) with a heavy emphasis placed on the resulting vehicle dynamics. The seminar concludes with a study of unique applications, a look forward to advanced brake control system integration, and an overview of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 126.
Training / Education
2014-11-03
In today’s highly competitive and liability minded environment, Design Reviews (DR) are a must for all major mobility industries such as Automotive, DOD, Aerospace, Agriculture, Recreation, Marine and Rail. While Design Reviews are becoming increasingly important in product liability litigation, they also serve as an effective way to transfer organizational best practices for specific concerns and issues. This hands-on workshop describes how formal Design Reviews can be used in conjunction with other new product development methods to improve product designs by uncovering potential problems before they are discovered at a later stage of development or application when the costs of correction are much higher. A range of effective techniques for organizing and conducting Design Reviews will be presented. Participants will receive specific guidance and tools to assist them in tailoring Design Reviews to reflect their own organization’s requirements. Topics are applicable to a broad range of new product development programs, ranging from components to complete systems, for both OEMs and suppliers.
Training / Education
2014-10-27
This Engineering Academy covers a variety of vehicle noise control engineering principles and practice. Two specialty tracks are available: Vehicle Interior Noise and Powertrain Noise. While the Vehicle Interior Noise track focuses on the understanding and application of acoustical materials to optimize NVH in the passenger or operator compartment of a vehicle, the Powertrain Noise track focuses on NVH issues generated by powertrain noise sources and the design strategies to minimize them. Noise sources include engines, transmissions/transfer cases, accessories, exhaust, gears, axles, joints, and couplings. Considerable attention is given to current measurement and instrumentation technologies and their effective use.This Engineering Academy covers a variety of vehicle noise control engineering principles and practice. Two specialty tracks are available: Vehicle Interior Noise and Powertrain Noise. While the Vehicle Interior Noise track focuses on the understanding and application of acoustical materials to optimize NVH in the passenger or operator compartment of a vehicle, the Powertrain Noise track focuses on NVH issues generated by powertrain noise sources and the design strategies to minimize them.
Training / Education
2014-10-27
This Engineering Academy covers a variety of vehicle noise control engineering principles and practice. Two specialty tracks are available: Vehicle Interior Noise and Powertrain Noise. While the Powertrain Noise track focuses on NVH issues generated by powertrain noise sources and the design strategies to minimize them, the Vehicle Interior Noise track focuses on the understanding and application of acoustical materials to optimize NVH in the passenger or operator compartment of a vehicle. Considerable attention is given to current measurement and instrumentation technologies and their effective use. Practical Component This Academy includes several equipment demonstrations and hands-on lab sessions. Specific instrumentation suppliers have been selected for an instrumentation workshop on one evening. There is also a field trip to one of the OEM’s noise and vibration facility in the metro Detroit area. Through these activities, you become acquainted with relevant instrumentation, measurement protocols, and problem solving strategies.
Training / Education
2014-10-20
Vehicle functional requirements, diesel emission regulations, and subsystem thermal limits all have a direct impact on the design of a powertrain cooling airflow system. Severe duty cycles, minimal ram air, fouling, and sometimes unconventional package layouts present unique challenges to the designer. This webinar introduces many airflow integration issues and vehicle-level trade-offs that effect system performance and drive the design. The goal of this six-session webinar 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 Papers 2002-01-0256, 850281, 900001 and 740691 are included as references in the course materials.
Training / Education
2014-10-20
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.
Training / Education
2014-10-20
This course is designed to help product design personnel create tolerance stacks for parts and assemblies that use Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing. Those who will benefit most are designers and engineers who are responsible for creating the GD&T callouts for engineering drawings and product models, and who want to be more confident in how the assigned geometric tolerances interact and stack up. The course begins with a quick review of Y14.5 concepts, and then introduces the benefits and uses of a tolerance stack spreadsheet. Participants then learn detailed procedures for performing tolerance stacks on parts and assemblies, beginning with coordinate tolerances and moving on to geometric tolerances. The course will eliminate confusion over how to include the bonus and shift in a tolerance stack: for example, when using tolerance of position with the MMC modifier. The simple, manual spreadsheet method used throughout the course produces a straightforward documentation trail that is easily interpreted, and readily adaptable to any company's electronic spreadsheet program.
Training / Education
2014-10-16
Developing vehicles that achieve optimum fuel economy and acceleration performance is critical to the success of any automotive company, yet many practicing engineers have not received formal training on the broad range of factors which influence vehicle performance. This seminar provides this fundamental understanding through the development of mathematical models that describe the relevant physics and through the hands-on application of automotive test equipment. Attendees will also be introduced to software used to predict vehicle performance. 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.
Training / Education
2014-10-15
Safety continues to be one of the most important factors in motor vehicle design, manufacture and marketing. This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of these critical automotive safety considerations: injury and anatomy; human tolerance and biomechanics; occupant protection; testing; and federal legislation. The knowledge shared at this seminar will enable attendees to be more aware of safety considerations and to better understand and interact with safety experts. This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should contact ACTAR, 800-809-3818, to request CEUs. As an ACTAR approved course, the fee for CEUs is reduced to $5.00.
Training / Education
2014-10-14
This highly interactive seminar - featuring microcontroller hands-on lab projects - will help you learn fundamental concepts needed to design, implement, and calibrate control functions for an embedded microcontroller system. The seminar introduces the system elements: control system architecture; control algorithms; sensors; actuators; wiring; electromagnetic compatibility; microcontroller; software; diagnostics and calibration, wireless networks and shows how all elements are connected. While most examples and exercises focus on automotive, the materials presented are relevant to many industries including commercial vehicle, off-road, aerospace, rail, communication networks, appliances, and more. The course will provide overviews of powertain control functions and related sensors and actuators including electronic control signals, microcontroller functions, control algorithms, software, diagnostics and calibration of the system. Participants will also be exposed to robust design for electronic / mechatronic systems, as well as wireless communication.
Training / Education
2014-10-09
Side impact crashes account for approximately twenty-six percent of all motor vehicle fatal crashes, second only to frontal crashes, according to a report by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). While car companies and suppliers continue to develop new technologies that make vehicles safer, NHTSA rolled out updated safety regulations (FMVSS 214) based on new research studies, making vehicle safety design more and more complex. This seminar is designed to familiarize participants with the engineering principles behind vehicle and restraint designs for occupant safety. Students will learn the mechanics of side crashes and how vehicle structures, restraint systems, and interiors affect occupant safety. Students will also be exposed to system, subsystem and component level CAE and testing tools used in the simulation of side impacts. Accident crash statistics, biomechanics, government regulations and public domain frontal safety tests will also be covered.
Training / Education
2014-10-09
The choice of brake friction materials varies per application, but each must have the appropriate coefficient of friction and be able to disperse large amounts of heat without adversely effecting braking performance. This seminar will provide an introduction to brake lining raw materials and formulation, manufacturing, quality control and testing. The course covers the critical elements that must be reviewed before arriving at a lining selection decision. Different classes of friction material and their use will be defined.
Training / Education
2014-10-08
This information-packed seminar focuses on the intricacies of patents, patent infringement litigation and patent licensing. Attendees will explore the important subjects of obtaining U.S. and foreign patents, maintaining U.S. and foreign patent rights, enforcing patent rights, defending against patent rights asserted by competitors, and licensing patent rights for revenue. After this seminar, you will effectively understand patents and ways to protect your company's valuable inventions. Your new knowledge will help your company maintain and enhance its position in the marketplace.
Training / Education
2014-10-07
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. Attendees will receive a copy of the book, Gear Design Simplified, by Franklin D. Jones & Henry H. Ryffel.
Training / Education
2014-10-06
Understanding the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) requirements, processes, and product development lifecycle allows for more effective new product engineering and development within the DoD marketplace. In addition, understanding how industry can apply currently available commercial vehicle technologies as a platform to meet current and future DoD needs may become an important factor in reducing costs and conforming to DoD budget constraints. The overall objective of this two day seminar is to establish a working knowledge of the military tactical vehicle product development process. The instructor will provide attendees an in-depth explanation of the DoD product development lifecycle. This will include the product specifications during the infancy stage of development on the government side and continue through the various technical development stages required for the full production launch of various military vehicle platforms, including wheeled and tracked vehicles. This course will give those who are entering the military tactical vehicle market, or those who want to effectively move commercial products into the DoD market the foundation to do so.
Training / Education
2014-10-06
The vehicle-terrain interaction in an off-road environment creates unique challenges for designers of both wheeled and tracked off-road vehicles. Not only should vehicle designers have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of on-road vehicle dynamics, they should also have the specialized knowledge of the vehicle dynamic characteristics found in construction, agriculture, and military off-road vehicles. This one-day seminar concentrates on the basics of off-highway trucks and the differences with their on-highway counterparts. Emphasized in the course are the practical and theoretical aspects of off-highway trucks as it relates to various components and subsystems, including tires, steering system, and suspensions. The course will also highlight how various components and subsystems dynamically interact with each other, and how their collective interaction is manifested in the overall vehicle dynamics. This seminar presents the specialized aspects of off-highway truck dynamics and assumes participants already have an understanding of heavy truck dynamics, either as presented through the SAE Fundamentals of Heavy Truck Dynamics seminar or experience gained through on-the-job training.
Training / Education
2014-10-03
Designing more efficient and robust emission control components and exhaust systems results in more efficient performance, reduced backpressure and fuel penalty, and higher conversion efficiency. This course will help you to understand the motion of exhaust flow in both gasoline and diesel emission control components including flow-through and wall-flow devices such as catalytic converters, NOx adsorbers, diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters as well as flow through the overall exhaust system. Discussions will also cover: flow recirculation in inlet cones, flow maldistribution and its effect on conversion efficiency in flow throughs, non-uniform particulate deposit in diesel filters, and roots of non-uniformity in flow distribution due to exhaust system design such as bends.
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