Today’s vehicles apply the primary function of a transmission: to couple the engine to the driveline and provide torque ratios between the two. How is this achieved? This on demand course is designed to familiarize you with the operational theories and functional principles of modern vehicle transmission systems designed to achieve the most efficient engine operation.
Participants will learn about current designs, the components and sub-systems used, their functional modes, how they operate, and interrelationships. An explanation of ratios and how they function within the driveline by using a manual transmission display is provided, followed by a description of the concepts of automatic control and hydro-mechanic decision theory and implementation using automatic transmission design.
Various transmission models and components to supplement these theoretical concepts with practical, “hands-on” experience are demonstrated, and a discussion of mechatronics, toroidal transmission functions, and the future of the automatic transmission is included.
Finally, the course provides in-depth coverage of Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) systems. These systems represent a fundamental shift in the way power is transmitted from the primary source to the remainder of the driveline.
Based on the popular classroom seminar, the 16-hour course is divided into nine modules, accompanied by a workbook. While the course is approximately 16 hours in length, the estimated time to completion, including knowledge checks and the learning assessment is 18 hours.
By participating in this On Demand course, you will be able to:
*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.
This course is intended for anyone not familiar with the operational theories or functional principles of modern vehicle transmission systems. Since the material is targeted at several design and engineering disciplines, attendees should have a minimum of two years’ design experience in the automotive powertrain field, or (preferably) a B.S. in engineering or related field.
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Dr. William Mark McVea, P.E., is currently President and Principal Engineer of KBE+, Inc. where he and his team design and develop complete powertrains for automotive and off-highway vehicles. Dr. McVea has held many positions within the mechanical drive and powertrain industry; most recently as Chief Technology Officer for Torvec, Inc., an industry leader in the design and development of patented powertrain engineering technology used primarily in the automotive industry. His prior positions include Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Sciences in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology and adjunct professor at Purdue University in their Automotive Sciences Department. He was also formerly a manager of the CAE group within a tier-one powertrain supplier to global automotive markets, a consulting engineer in vehicle dynamics with Gear Consultants, Inc., and a project manager of traction systems for off-highway vehicles with Clark-Hurth International. Dr. McVea has published extensively on the topics of transmission systems, automated design assistant systems, knowledge systems and knowledge based engineering in general. He also holds or is listed as co-inventor on numerous patents related to mechanical power transmissions. Dr. McVea holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Design Engineering from Purdue University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
"I develop many of the chassis components that mate with the transmission. This course helped me to fully understand the components and functionality of the different types of transmissions."
Honda of America Manufacturing
"Excellent subject matter and overview on how transmissions work. I have learned a great deal about something I use everyday."
Senior Project Engineer, Transmission Controls
Robert Bosch Corporation