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Modern vehicles are often taken for granted and yet they represent an incredibly complex and diverse set of disciplines. The automotive electronics engineer has to bring together real-time software, safety critical constraints, sensor electronics, control algorithms, human factors, legislation and ethics into a working package that satisfies multiple stakeholders. The masters course at Brighton enables graduates with appropriate backgrounds to cover a range of interrelated disciplines in the automotive electronics arena as shown in the indicative syllabus below: Automotive Control Systems introduces you to control strategies and their use within the automobile and road network. You will implement a basic engine management system, design and select the components for an ignition system and implement a strategy for on-board diagnostics enabling you to develop the skills to understand and prioritise the parameters involved in in-vehicle environment control and the implementation of integrated road management systems. Power Train Engineering examines the forms of power plant used in automotive applications in cars, commercial vehicles and for high performance. Methods of improving engine performance, efficiency and emissions control are reviewed. Developments in existing engine forms (direct gasoline injection etc.) and alternative hybrid designs are evaluated. Sustainable Automotive Power Technology will provide you with the understanding, knowledge and expertise in relation to modern and future power units necessary for the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable transport system. It will look at hybrids and alternative fuels, energy storage and infrastructure as well as legislative drivers and social impacts. Automotive Communication Systems will provide knowledge and understanding of in-car networks such as FlexRay and CAN and other infrastructure technologies such as Bluetooth, TCPIP, GPS, GPRS. Issues such as safety criticality, reliability will be examined as well as the growing area of ?infotainment? Embedded Processor Systems is provided as preparation for advanced microcontroller work and will benefit those applicants with little or no knowledge of microcontrollers and little programming experience. You will be taught C programming for real-time embedded applications in a hands-on environment and by the end of the course you will have implemented low-complexity spark-ignition engine control software. You will also have investigated historical and current implementation issues of microcontroller technology embedded in automotive applications. Engine Control Unit Design builds on Embedded processor systems by using advanced PowerPC microcontrollers to investigate critical issues of real-time implementation using the application area of engine control. You will cover time-critcality, multiple interrupts, data representation and manipulation, diagnostics, software development and testing and the use of sophisticated peripheral devices. Sensors and Interafcing examines the range of sensors used in todays vehicles and how these would be interfaced to microcontrollers. Examples of sensors that feature in this module would be temperature, pressure, position, distance, velocity, torque, flow etc. Power Electronics and Actuators examines how microcontrollers would control the variety of mechanical, electrical and fluid systems within automobiles. Covering a variety of actuators such as solenoids and a variety of motor types the module also builds knowledge and understanding of the power electronics needed to control these devices. Given the increasing use of hybrid technology the course also looks at dc-dc convertors, battery charging as well as EMC. Individual Automotive Project, this project, which is full time from May to September allows students to build in-depth research and engineering skills in an area of their particular interest. Projects titles can be generated by the student, by industrial spons
Modern vehicles are often taken for granted and yet they represent an incredibly complex and diverse set of disciplines. The automotive electronics engineer has to bring together real-time software, safety critical constraints, sensor electronics, control algorithms, human factors, legislation and ethics into a working package that satisfies multiple stakeholders. The masters course at Brighton enables graduates with appropriate backgrounds to cover a range of interrelated disciplines in t...