The powertrain is at the heart of vehicle design; the engine- whether it is a conventional, hybrid or electric design- provides the motive power, which is then managed andcontrolled through the transmission and final drive components. Theoverall powertrain system therefore defines the dynamic performanceand character of the vehicle.
The design of the powertrain has conventionally been tackled byanalyzing each of the subsystems individually and the individualcomponents, for example, engine, transmission and driveline havereceived considerable attention in textbooks over the past decades.The key theme of this book is to take a systems approach - tolook at the integration of the components so that the wholepowertrain system meets the demands of overall energy efficiencyand good drivability.
Vehicle Powertrain Systems provides a thoroughdescription and analysis of all the powertrain components and thentreats them together so that the overall performance of the vehiclecan be understood and calculated. The text is well supported bypractical problems and worked examples. Extensive use is made ofthe MATLAB¯(R) software and many example programmesfor vehicle calculations are provided in the text.
* Structured approach to explaining the fundamentals ofpowertrain engineering
* Integration of powertrain components into overall vehicledesign
* Emphasis on practical vehicle design issues
* Extensive use of practical problems and worked examples
* Provision of MATLAB¯(R) programmes for the reader touse in vehicle performance calculations
This comprehensive and integrated analysis of vehicle powertrainengineering provides an invaluable resource for undergraduate andpostgraduate automotive engineering students and is a usefulreference for practicing engineers in the vehicle industry