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IME 4250 - Automatic and Automated Drive Line Control Systems

Catalog Description:

The operation, study of design, manufacture of automatic and hybrid transmission/transaxles, including hydrodynamic converter, hydraulics, electronics, torque capacities, and gear systems. Measurements and computations for pumps, motor/generator, controller, valve mechanism, clutch, band, and gear system. Includes a study of bearing application, lubrication, heat dissipation and testing of transmission/transaxle and hybrid systems.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: Recommended, IME 1220.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Mathematics that include the understanding of algebra, geometry and basic calculus
  2. Physics that include the understanding and measurement of heat, heat transfer, electricity, light sound, acceleration, speed, flow of fluids and mechanical mechanisms
  3. Materials that includes the understanding of chemical relationships used in production and use of materials, and lubricants
  4. Chemistry that includes the understanding of chemical relationships used in production and use of materials and lubricants
  5. Computers that include the use of software packages for simulations, problem solving and reporting of results
  6. Technical writing that includes the ability to report scientific observations and performance results
  7. Technical illustration that includes the use of computers to report graphical information, manufacturing processes and records
  8. Statistics and methodology for determination of manufacturing tolerances and accuracy of process control
  9. IME 1220, The Automobile in Society, Technological and Social Consequences of the Automobile

Course Objectives:

Based on the above stated course description, at the conclusion of the semester the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the requirements and ASTM/SAE test procedures for power train fluids.
  2. Understand the operation, manufacture and be able to calculate torque capacity of single and multi-plate clutches.
  3. Understand the operation, manufacture, torque/speed performance relationships and diagnosis of manual and automatic CV and gear transmissions/transaxles or transfer cases.
  4. Understand the operation, manufacture, diagnosis of driving shafts and universal joints.
  5. Understand the operation manufacture, diagnosis of hypoid gear sets and torque splitters.
  6. Understand the measurement and control of NVH associated with power transmission devices.

Performance Criteria:

The student will demonstrate proficiency to:

  1. Identify driveline manufacturing processes and design requirements for performance, fuel economy and emissions of 4/2-wheel drive, manual and automatic systems.
  2. Identify driveline disassembly, assembly, testing and diagnosis procedures .
  3. Represent schematically and calculate manual and automatic transmission ratios .
  4. Identify abnormal hypoid gear patterns and their correction .
  5. Identify load and capacity values for gears holding devices and pumps.


Robert Bosch GmbH, 1996, Automotive Handbook: 4th Edition, Germany (Distributed
by the Society of Automotive Engineers

Course Coordinator:

James VanDePolder
Western Michigan University
F-230 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3378

Revision Date: Spring 2011


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