Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2014/15
Electric and electronic systems in vehicles
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Automotive Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Crovetti Paolo Stefano ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-IND/31 100 0 0 0 8
SSD CFU Activities Area context
C - Affini o integrative
C - Affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
Acquisition of a system-level view of electrical and electronic systems in vehicles, including a good understanding of the main techniques for acquiring and transmitting information in a vehicle. Knowledge of related reliability, diagnostics and regulation issues.
Expected learning outcomes
Understanding of the operation of the main electric (alternator, accumulator, wiring harness, starter motor) and electronic (electronic control units (ECUs), sensors, actuators) systems in a vehicle. Ability to describe the main electric and electronic components for vehicles in terms of system-level parameters and/or performance benchmarks. Definition of the electrical specifications of components/subsystems employed in vehicle applications. Knowledge of the targets and of the operation of the main electronic systems in a car considering different requirements and regulation issues (pollutant emissions, active and passive safety, performance, reliability).
Understanding of data acquisition techniques and packet-based networks.
Knowledge of wired networks (CANbus, LINbus, FlexRay, Ethernet) and their application in vehicles.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
A sound understanding of the topics in circuit theory (steady-state analysis of linear electric circuits with constant and sine-wave excitations, transient analysis) and basic electronics (transistors, opamps).
Electric systems in a vehicle: alternator, rectifier, accumulator, starter motor, car-level energy balance. Emerging technologies. Reliability issues.
Information sources and electrical transducers: analogue and digital sources, audio, video and vibration transducers, A/D conversion, source entropy.
Electronic systems in a vehicle: Electronic Control Unit (ECU) architecture: acquisition front-end, microcontroller-based digital processing, power supply, voltage regulators, power drivers and actuators.
Gasoline engine control: control targets, input variables and sensors (EPS, TPS, RPM, MAF, CT, lambda sensor), control strategies and operating modes. Safety issues and regulations.
Common-Rail Diesel Engine Control: control targets, specific actuators.
Braking System and Vehicle Dynamics Control: targets, input quantities and sensors (acceletometers, wheel speed sensors, yaw rate sensor), antilock braking system (ABS) operation, an outline on the operation of other vehicle dynamics control systems (ESP, CBC). Safety issues and regulations.
Other electrical and electronic systems in a vehicle: passive safety systems: airbags, inertial switches; dashboard and instrumentation; immobilizers, air conditioning systems.
Wiring harness issues: wiring harness topology and design of electrical interconnects, protection design, multiplex wiring, diagnostic issues. Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC): Emission and Immunity issues, regulations and tests.
Computer networks: structure, topology, transfer modes (circuit and packet), the ISO/OSI reference model, functions in the ISO/OSI layers, basic concepts on the Internet.
In-vehicle networks: CANbus, LINbus, FlexRay, and Ethernet..
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Course notes will be made available through the course website.
Reference books:
T. Denton, Automobile Electrical and Electronic Systems, 3rd Edition, SAE International
W. Ribbens, Understanding Automotive Electronics, 6th Edition, Newnes (Elsevier Science)
J.F. Kurose, K. W. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, Addison-Wesley
Assessment and grading criteria
Oral exam. The student will be asked to:
- illustrate the structure and the operation principles of electric and electronic systems and sub-systems in a vehicle (especially in terms of block diagrams and simplified electrical circuits);
- introduce the main performance parameters and/or characteristic curves of components and sub-systems having an idea of their order of magnitude in vehicle applications;
- discuss the main criteria to be considered in the design of different electric/electronic systems and subsystems with reference to real-world vehicle applications.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2014/15

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