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Fundamentals of Automotive Functional Safety Control Systems Using ISO 26262 – Gasoline CLH1401

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.

The curriculum includes:
  • Embedded Systems using J1939 CAN communications and custom protocol
  • Software-in-loop (SIL) and Hardware-in-loop (HIL) testing
  • Controls strategy development using Simulink
  • Electronic throttle control project
  • Speed governor modelling
  • Gasoline engine management system project
  • Agile SCRUM methodology
Fundamentals of Control Systems - Gasoline also integrates soft skills into the program, coaching students in business etiquette, leadership, stress management and teamwork. Instruction is provided through a curated set of materials and then students apply the concepts learned by completing group projects.

Learning Objectives
By attending this 6-week training you will be able to:
  • Construct, analyze, and decode a CAN J1939 Protocol message
  • Build an embedded controls model, produce a PI controller, characterize a sensor, set up an encoder in MotoHawk and Simulink, run a fuel injector, and define and implement a CAN message in MotoHawk and Simulink
  • Build and simulate a system of two PI controllers, each with target management
  • Calibrate the simulated system within set performance limits
  • Combine information from multiple documents to generate application specific code features (includes CAN messages)
  • Combine learned material throughout the course to build an engine control strategy and apply and calibrate on a live 4-cylinder engine, electronic throttle, Port Fuel Injected (PFI) from written specifications
  • Test and debug a Simulink/MotoHawk engine control model on an HIL simulator
  • Practice the fundamentals of wire harness fabrication
  • Prepare and give a presentation and hands-on demonstrations to a live audience

Who Should Attend
This 6-week course is designed for recent engineering graduates or experienced engineers interested in a career in embedded controls. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of engineering practices and fundamentals. Suggested attendees: Systems Engineers, Automotive Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Experienced or Advanced Engineers with no experience in embedded controls.

Attendees who successfully complete all elements of the course will receive a Certificate of Mastery in Control Systems - Gasoline from SAE International.

WEEK ONE – CAN Communication using J1939 Protocol
  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction to CAN Communications
  • Layer 21 and Exercise
  • Layer 71 and Exercise
  • Layer 73 and Exercise
  • Layer 81 and Exercise
  • CAN Communications Exam
WEEK TWO – Fundamentals of Control Systems, Code Generation Tools, and Calibration Tools
  • Introduction to MotoHawk
  • Fundamentals of Controls Design and Simulink
  • Introduction to PID Controllers
  • Modelling Strategies and Best Practices
  • Introduction to Fundamental Mechanics of ETCs
  • Control of Hardware through Software using Simulink and Code Generation Tools
  • Simulating Systems using Simulink (SIL – Software-in-loop)
  • Flashing Models to ECU Hardware and Calibrating using Calibration Tools
  • Introduction to Sensors and Actuators
  • Spark Ignited Modelling Strategies and Best Practices
  • Controlling Fuel Injectors
  • Exam
WEEKS THREE & FOUR – Minimum & Maximum Governor Modelling
  • Implement workload planning based on daily Agile SCRUM methodology
  • Learning details of a Supplied Engine Model in Simulink
  • Introduction to Engines & States
  • Introduction to Speed Limiters
  • Creating an Idle Feedback RPM Controller for the Engine
  • Isolating Engine Operation into Engine States and Applying the Appropriate Controller in each state
  • Adding Pedal-based Engine Control to the Engine Control Strategy
  • Building a Maximum Governor RPM Limiter into the Engine Control Strategy
  • Minimum Governor Exam (Week 3)
  • Maximum Governor Exam (Week 4)
WEEK FIVE – Hardware in the Loop Systems
  • Introduction to HiL Systems
  • HiL System Interfaces
  • Fundamentals of Wire Harness Fabrication
  • Applying Test Strategies to HiL Systems
  • Troubleshooting with HiL Systems
  • HiL System Exam
WEEK SIX – Engine Calibration using Trainee’s Software Strategy on a Live Engine and Calibrating this Strategy
  • Basics of Calibration & PID Tuning on ETC and RPM
  • Engine Fundamentals & Crank State Calibration
  • Run State Calibration & Minimum Governor
  • Airflow Estimation and O2 Control
  • Group Presentation and Live Demonstrations
Jason Tartt or Mike Gallagher

Jason Tartt is the technical lead for LHPU, responsible for controls and course development training. He has worked as a controls and calibration engineer for Mercury Marine, MotoTron, and Woodward, Inc., specializing in knock, governing, coldstart, and vehicle drivability on diesel, gasoline, and natural gas applications.

Jason received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin at Madison. In his spare time, Jason enjoys training for triathlons.

Mike Gallagher Mike Gallagher is a Systems and Controls Engineer that brings MATLAB, Simulink, and MotoHawk experience from a variety of industries to the LHPU training program. He started his career in a research and development group at Parker Hannifin that was responsible for commercializing series hydraulic hybrid transmissions for the medium and heavy duty truck markets. At Parker, he held responsibility for a wide range of software algorithms including cold-start, regenerative braking, and safety critical fault diagnostics. He also held leadership roles in the multi-month simulation studies that defined the powersplit transmission architecture for Parker’s future hybrid transmission systems.

Since leaving Parker in 2013 he has run his own consulting business taking on projects in the full-electric, hybrid hydraulic, marine stabilization, and building automation industries. The consistent thread between all these projects has been their reliance on auto-code generation tools.

Mike graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. He completed his Master’s coursework at The Ohio State University graduating in 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Control Theory. Currently he’s working on his PhD in electrical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. His research interests are autonomous vehicles, pattern recognition, deep learning, and Robot Operating System (ROS). Mike is also a FIRST Robotics mentor for team 1308 at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH.

Hotel & Travel Information

Fees: $12000.00
SAE Members: $12000.00 - $12000.00

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