Module code: ENGM268

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 30%
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 70%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG2119 Powertrain Design and Chassis Engineering

Module overview

Fourth year module for Automotive Engineering MEng students

Building on the fundamental concepts of powertrain design, the system architectures of hybrid and electric powertrains are introduced. The different options for energy storage systems are explained in terms of relevant performance characteristics. Limitations on driving range and the associated range anxiety of customers are discussed and ways to overcome the issues through vehicle efficiency improvements are described, including conceptual/structural changes (e.g., lightweight vehicles, aerodynamics) and technologies such as range extenders and comprehensive vehicle energy management systems.

Methods for the assessment of the energy efficiency of powertrain technologies are described, including backward and forward facing driving cycle simulations and hardware-in-the-loop testing. Vehicle dynamics simulators and real-time systems are explained with several examples.

Module aims

a detailed understanding of current and future powertrain technologies and in particular hybrid-electric and fully electric powertrains

an understanding of the simulation and testing methods for efficient and sustainable powertrain technologies

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of scientific principles and methodology relating to hybrid and electric powertrain systems (SM1m, SM4m) K
Develop mathematical models to simulate the energy efficiency of powertrain technologies and appreciate the assumptions and limitations inherent in their application (SM3m,SM5m,G1) CPT
Describe the performance characteristics and limitations of energy storage and range extending systems (EA1m, EA4m) KC
Demonstrate understanding of sustainability principles in vehicle energy management (EL2,EL4) KPT
Undertake a brief research topic and evaluate a simple electric vehicle to estimate its energy efficiency (EA1m, EA3m, P1) KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Design of hybrid and electric powertrains:

System architecture and development
Energy storage systems: flywheels, batteries, super capacitors and dual mode systems
Range extending technologies
Vehicle energy management including HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems

Simulation and testing

Driving cycle simulations
Hardware-in-the-Loop testing
Vehicle dynamics simulation and real-time systems

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

introduce advanced powertrain technology principles through theory with worked examples. This is delivered principally through lectures and tutorial classes and a coursework element involving simulation of a powertrain.

The learning and teaching methods include:

3 hours lecture per week x 11 weeks
1 hour tutorial (in groups) x 11 weeks
Coursework (18 hours)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of scientific principles, methodologies and mathematics methods as well as the ability to describe particular systems and processes in the final examination. The coursework element allows students to demonstrate that they can interpret a problem, develop simulation models, and present and justify a solution clearly and accurately.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework       [ Learning outcomes 1, 2, 5 ]                      (18 hours)                    {30%}
Examination       [ Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 ]                  (2 hours)                     {70%}

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials
Written feedback is given on the coursework assessment

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.