Understanding What’s Under the Hood

IEEE has a variety of publications and services to help you learn about electric and hybrid vehicles.

9 September 2011

The IEEE Xplore digital library offers a host of magazines, journals, and conference proceedings that cover the topics. The library has more than 8800 articles on electric vehicles and over 3100 that cover hybrid vehicles. These are just some of the journals:

Available from IEEE Xplore or the IEEE eLearning Library:

Hybrid Electric Vehicles: Exploring the Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (e-CVT)

This course focuses on the dynamics of electronic continuously variable transmissions and compound split systems, with examples of both, and on power variators.

It begins with a historical perspective of hybrids. The course then explains the fundamentals of the input split e-CVT and discusses the operation of transmissions of various car models. Energy storage systems and their cost are also covered.

IEEE.tv Videos
IEEE.tv offers a series of lectures by experts produced by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. The lectures include:

Dynamic Response of Electronic Structures to Shocks and Vibrations, and the Role of Predictive Modeling
By Ephraim Suhir; University of California, Santa Cruz

Suhir explains the principles of designing portable and vehicular electronics. He also covers the role played by modeling, the mathematical versus numerical linear response of electronic components, and the effects of vibration and impact. Furthermore, he discusses nonlinear response characterization, repetitive load effects, and shock protection of electronics.

Grounding for Hybrid Vehicles
By James Gover; Kettering University, Flint, Mich.

Hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles with systems supporting up to 500 volts and 500 amperes present new challenges for electrical and electronics system designers. They must understand the concept of robust grounding of the power electronics circuits and cabling to prevent electromagnetic interference with the vehicle’s control system. Gover explores such topics as magnetic and electrostatic shielding, transmission of noise through shielding, and single-point versus multipoint grounding of shields.

Hybrid and Plug-in Electric Vehicle Systems
By Chris Mi; University of Michigan, Dearborn

Mi explains the inner workings and systems design of commercial EVs. He covers power-train coupling mechanisms, electric drivetrain components, energy storage options, battery management systems, and battery chargers. He also discusses converting conventional vehicles into EVs.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles Power Train Fundamentals
By Mengyang Zhang; Chrysler Group, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Zhang provides an industry view of EVs and hybrids, including discussions of vehicle dynamics, performance, and design. He begins with an introduction to general vehicle dynamics for power trains and goes on to cover performance, drivability, fuel economy, emissions, and the AUTOSAR architectural standard.

Hybrid Vehicle Electronics Design
By James Gover

Engineers must design very high-power circuitry to supply the 20 to 40 kilowatts of power needed by EVs. The lecture covers power systems and controls, rectifiers and converters, single-phase inverters, battery chargers, single-ended primary inductance converters, waveform analysis, and distortion.

In-Vehicle Networking: The Evolution from Multiplex to Systems Engineering
By Bruce Emaus; Vector Cantech, Novi, Mich.

Electronic multiplexing of signals for the controls, sensors, infotainment, and safety features found in today’s vehicles allows for reliable operation and the ability to add myriad electronic systems. This lecture covers the beginnings of multiplexing and moves on to distributed embedded systems and distributed functions.

Thermal Stress Failures in Electronic and Photonic Systems
By Ephraim Suhir

Thermal stress on complex electronics and photonics is not easily understood, yet it is a major cause of faulty operation of today’s devices and systems. This course provides both a micro and macro understanding of thermal stress and how it can be avoided during the design process.

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