ADVANCED POWERTRAIN

Course Content

The Curriculum in Advanced Powertrain (AP) is part of the Master’s Degree Course in Advanced Automotive Engineering (AAE).

This specific program features two different specializations that provide an in-depth knowledge of powertrain design, production, planning and control of advanced powertrains both electric and endothermic. First specialization focuses on design and modelling of high performance combustion systems with particular emphasis on FEM and CFD calculations, and is held in Modena Campus. Second specialization focuses on modeling and control of internal combustion engines and hybrid propulsion systems, powertrain testing, calibration and homologation, and is held in Bologna Campus.

The Curriculum in Advanced Powertrain lasts two academic years and it provides the core competences related to high performance vehicle powertrain systems.

The first semester of the first academic year is common with the other 4 curricula of the AAE Master’s Degree (High Performance Car Design, Racing Car Design, Advanced Motorcycle Engineering, Advanced Sportscar Manufacturing).

The number of places is limited to a maximum of 20 students for Advanced Powertrain – Modena Campus and 20 students for Advanced Powertrain – Bologna CampusAdmissions are based on merit and interviews evaluating motivations and skills. All teachings are delivered entirely in the English language.

The international teaching staff of Muner includes highly experienced lecturers and professionals. The contents of the Courses have been defined together with the contribution of the partner companies so as to ensure that training is in line with current requirements of the labour market. The aim is providing knowledge and skills related to the design of motorvehicles that are high-performance and suitable for competitions. From hybrid and electric motor propellers to production systems with typical features of the new manufacturing 4.0 environment.

The Program requires student participation in numerous laboratory activities either on campus or on the premises of industrial partners, in line with a “learning by doing” approach. It also includes mandatory internships in private companies and lab-based thesis preparation activities carried out following a “project work” approach.

Teaching Program

The first semester of the First Academic year is held located in Modena Campus. Starting from the second semester of the first Academic Year, the Course will split between Modena and Bologna Campus depending on the specialization.

Common Semester (First Semester, First Year)

Location: Modena Campus

Year Sem Teaching Credits
1 1 Manufacturing and Assembly Technologies / Science and Technology of Metallic and Composite Materials 12
1 1 Mechanical Vibrations 6
1 1 Vehicle Conceptual Design 6

Second Semester, First Year

Location: Modena Campus

Year Sem Teaching Credits
1 2 Electric Drives / Electric Propulsion Systems 12
1 2 Engine Components Design and Manufacturing/ Automotive Computer Aided Design CAD 12
1 2 Internal Combustion Engines 6
1 2 Automatic controls 6
1 2 Mechanical Transmissions 6

Second Semester, First Year

Location: Bologna Campus

Year Sem Teaching Credits
1 2 Electric Drives /Electric Propulsion Systems 12
1 2 Electronic Systems/ Automatic Controls 12
1 2 Powertrain Desing and  Manufacturing 6

Location: Modena Campus

Year Sem Teaching Credits
2 1 Design and Modelling of High Performance Combustion Systems 12
2 1 Electromechanical Energy Storage and Conversion 6
2 1 Mechanical Transmissions / Automatic Controls 6
2 2 Elective Courses 12
2 2 Final Project 12
2 2 Internships and/or Laboratory 12

Elective Courses

Year Sem Teaching Credits
2 2 Electronic Systems 6
2 2 Electronic Motor Design 6
2 2 Additive Manufacturing of Automotive Components 6
2 2 Powertrain Testing, Calibration and Homologation 6
2 2 Automotive Thermal Control 6
2 2 Formula SAE 6
2 2 Mechatronic Gearshift 6
2 2 Turbo- and Fluid-Machinery for Charging and Auxiliary in Automotive Applications 6
2 1 Vehicle NVH Testing 6
2 1 Product Safety, Product Liability and Automotive 6
2 1 Chassis and Body Design and Manufacturing 6
2 1 Vehicle Virtual Design 6

Location: Bologna Campus

Year Sem Teaching Credits
2 1 Electromechanical Energy Storage and Conversion 6
2 1 Modeling and Control of Internal Combustion Engines and Hybrid Propulsion Systems 6
2 1 Powertrain Testing, Calibration and Homologation 6
2 2 Elective Courses 12
2 2 Final Project 12
2 2 Internships and/or Laboratory 12

Elective Courses

Year Sem Teaching Credits
2 2 Turbo- and Fluid-Machinery for Charging and Auxiliary in Automotive Applications 6
2 1 Algorithms and System for Big Data Processing 6
2 2 People Management 6
2 1 Vehicle NVH Testing 6
2 1 Motorcycle Vehicle Dynamics 6
2 1 Chassis and Body Design and Manufacturing 6
2 1 Vehicle Virtual Design 6
2 1 Product Safety, Product Liability and Automotive 6
2 2 Electric Motor Design 6
2 2 Mechatronic Gearshift 6
2 2 Automotive Thermal Control 6

Laboratory and other Activities

Year Sem Teaching Credits
2 2 Computer Aided Design Lab M 6
2 1 Logistic Simulations Lab M 6
2 2 Formula SAE Lab M 6

Internship and Career Perspectives

The educational path has been designed in strong cooperation with Companies operating in the automotive sector to allow a seamless insertion of the graduated in high profile roles in the research, development and manufacturing environments focused on vehicles and their technologies. Since companies are requiring engineers who are highly qualified and possess specialized skills, due to complete the Master’s Degree Program, students have to attend mandatory internships in private companies, as well as, lab-based thesis preparation activities carried out following a “project work” approach.

Engineers in the Advanced Automotive field will be able to plan, develop and manufacture the main sub-systems of cars and motorcycles, with particular reference to the premium market and to racing vehicles. The Advanced Powertrain engineer is able to plan traditional and innovative propulsion systems paying attention to their optimization as well as to the control and solution of environmental and energetic issues.