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ESS205 - Automotive control engineering
Owner: TMASA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C

Teaching language: English
Maximum participants: 50

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0103 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

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ÖVR Other courses - Adv. automotive engineering for a sustainable soc., Year 1 (elective)
TMASA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - Automotive Engineering, Year 4 (elective)


Professor  Bo Egardt


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

The course is aimed for M.Sc. students in their fourth year of studies.
It is an elective course, which can either be taken separately or as one
part of the whole course package within the Green Vehicle program.
Partcipants from industry are welcome. The course requires a background
in mathematics, mechanics etc from the first three years of study within
an M.Sc. program. A basic course in automatic control is also required.


The objective of this course is to give a basic understanding of the role of automatic control to make modern vehicles meet environmental requirements, in particular with respect to emissions and fuel consumption.


The course shall provide an overview of modern automotive control systems, and a more detailed study of engine and powertrain control, including hybrid powertrains. The objective is also to illustrate the importance of modelling and simulation as important ingredients in systems engineering. The course is part of the Green Vehicle national educational program "Advanced Automotive Engineering for a Sustainable Society".


- Introduction. Summary of automatic control fundamentals. The role of automatic control in modern vehicles. An overview of control systems in a vehicle.
- Fundamentals of combustion engines. Principles and limitations. Introduction and summary of basic thermodynamics of the engine.
- Engine modelling. Dynamical mean value engine models for estimation, diagnostics, and control.
- Engine control. Focus on emissions and fuel consumption.
- Engine diagnostics using dynamical models.
- Powertrain control. Simulation of driving cycles using engine and drivline models. Advanced control of drivability and comfort. Modelling, simulation, and optimization of hybrid powertrains.


The course is organized in cooperation with Vehicular Systems at Linköping University, and within the "Green Vehicle National University Programme", see the programme's website for more information. Students from other universities are welcome to participate in the course, as well as engineers from industry. The 50 lots available in the course will be shared between participating universities and industry.

Certain course moments are organized as intensive lecture days, possible at other locations than Chalmers and Göteborg. A laboratory session is located in Linköping. The programme pays for travel and accommodation for students.

Lectures/problem sessions, in some case by distance learning.
Hand-in assignments and laboratory sessions (mandatory).

The course is normally taught in English.


A course binder with lecture notes and supplementary material.
The course material is mostly in English.


Written exam 5p.

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