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modeling schemes. Powertrain design using various computer simulation tools.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
ME 589 (3) Hybrid Electric Vehicle Control Systems Design and Analysis (3).
Dynamic modeling, simulation and analysis of complete HEV systems. Linear control
design techniques and discrete logic design applied to HEV power trains and operating
mode controls. Digital and real-time controls and hardware issues of automotive
systems. Design and human factors engineering issues of vehicle controls and displays.
Prerequisite: ME 588 or consent of instructor.
ME 689 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Advanced Controls (3). Nonlinear modeling and
control issues associated with HEV power trains: fuzzy and neural control techniques.
Adaptive and optimal control schemes for vehicle performance enhancement. Review of
modern automotive control hardware and software trends and practices. Prerequisite:
ME 523 (3) Special Topics in Thermodynamics - Advanced Internal Combustion
Engines. Combustion and computer modeling of internal combustion engine processes.
Alternative fuels, emissions and emission controls, valve timing. Prerequisite.
EE 599 (3) Special Topics - Power Electronics and Drives for Hybrid Electric
Vehicles. Modern power electronic devices and various electric motor configurations
with emphasis on their applications in hybrid electric vehicles. Prerequisite: Consent of
These courses are offered to accommodate the anticipated demand of the GATE
Program. ME 588 and ME 589 are normally offered in the fall and spring semester,
respectively, each year. The other courses are offered every other year.
Recruitment of Students
Students come to the GATE Program in response to the DOE-sponsored web
site, the UTK GATE web site, flyers posted locally, solicitations made by examining the
list of students accepted for graduate school, presentations made to local graduating
students, and the inevitable word-of-mouth. Loss of GATE funding made it necessary to
remove the UTK GATE web site as prospective students were being misled by the false
information it contained.
It has been our experience that recruiting an adequate number of students has
not been difficult and the UTK GATE enrollment has been resource-limited. Although
the number of GATE Fellows on board is limited by the available funding from DOE,
GATE Research Assistants have been supported by research contracts.
The UTK GATE Students
As of the end of the 2001-2002 AY, the number of students involved in the GATE
Program at UTK had dropped significantly due to the cut in the GATE Program funding
made by congress. Since its inception (Fall, 1999) the UTK GATE Program has enrolled
twenty two GATE students (thirteen Fellows and ten Research Assistants), eighteen
students have graduated, three have completed their course work requirements, and
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Hodgson, Jeffrey & Irick, David. Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center, report, September 30, 2005; Tennessee. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901730/m1/7/: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.