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A Familiarization of Drivetrain Components

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.
Training / Education

Fundamentals of Modern Vehicle Transmissions

Starting with a look at the transmission's primary function -- to couple the engine to the driveline and provide torque ratios between the two -- this updated and expanded seminar covers the latest transmission systems designed to achieve the most efficient engine operation. Current designs, the components and sub-systems used, their functional modes, how they operate, and the inter-relationships will be discussed. A manual transmission display will be used to explain ratios and how they function within the driveline.
Technical Paper

Microwave Technique for Liquid Water Detection in Icing Applications

The partial melting of ingested ice crystals can lead to ice accretion in aircraft compressors, but accurately measuring the relatively small fraction of liquid water content in such flows is challenging. Probe-based methods for detecting liquid water content are not suitable for deployment within turbofan engines, and thus alternatives are sought. Recent research has described approaches based on passive microwave sensing. We present here an approach based on active microwave transmission and reflection, employing a vector network analyzer. Utilization of both transmission and reflection provides additional data over and above emission or transmission only, and permits a more controllable environment than passive sensing approaches. The paper specifically addresses the question of whether such an approach is viable within the context of representative icing wind tunnel and engine flow conditions.

Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to Driving Automation Systems for On-Road Motor Vehicles


This SAE Recommended Practice describes motor vehicle driving automation systems that perform part or all of the dynamic driving task (DDT) on a sustained basis. It provides a taxonomy with detailed definitions for six levels of driving automation, ranging from no driving automation (level 0) to full driving automation (level 5), in the context of motor vehicles (hereafter also referred to as “vehicle” or “vehicles”) and their operation on roadways. These level definitions, along with additional supporting terms and definitions provided herein, can be used to describe the full range of driving automation features equipped on motor vehicles in a functionally consistent and coherent manner.

Technical Paper

A Transient SEA Model for Transmission of Non-Stationary Wind Noise

Automakers have reported that passenger perception of vehicle interior wind noise is strongly correlated to the non-Gaussian and non-stationary character of the exterior aero-acoustic wind loading. Researchers in other domains have shown that leptokurtic non-Gaussian loading (Kurtosis κ>3) can be synthesized by non-stationary modulation of otherwise Gaussian random loading. This paper introduces a transient statistical energy analysis (SEA) model for the aero-vibro acoustic transmission of non-stationary wind noise which uses the same approach - a modulation of otherwise Gaussian random fluctuating pressure loading, in each one third octave band. The authors have previously shown that the non-stationary character of random wind loading can be measured in a wind tunnel or on the road with a suitable surface pressure microphone array.