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ELEC 2310 - Vehicle Experimental Testing

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: ELEC 1161 , ELEC 1171 , and ELEC 2150 

This course develops the student’s applied knowledge and hands-on skills in vehicle experimental testing. Students will learn how to  set up test procedures, wire up sensors for measurements, conduct experimental tests, record calibrated experimental data, and write test reports.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Student will be able to apply safety protocols during experiments

1. Apply safety rules
2. Analyze safety measures before starting any hands-on activity
3. Recite safety protocols

Outcome 2: Student will be able to set up test procedures, wire sensors, conduct experiments, and write reports

1. Compare electronic signals from common sensors used on vehicles
2. Compare electronic signals from common sensors used in test instruments
3. Measure and record electrical signals from sensors using a data acquisition systems such as LabView
4. Compare static and dynamic characteristics of signals
5. Utilize test instruments such as voltmeters, ammeters, pressure gages, etc.

Outcome 3. Student will be able to compare Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration test procedures, and Society of Automotive Engineers standards related to the course project

1. Analyze standards from different organizations and their importance
2. Apply standards to vehicle systems

Outcome 4. Students will be able to explain calibration procedures

1. Be able to explain the physical principal of each sensor
2. Compare electrical signal of different sensors and test instruments
3. Identify the physical principal (mass, length, time, force, energy, power) that determines the electrical output signal of a sensor

Outcome 5. Student will be able to monitor vehicle networks such as the CAN bus

1. Compare different bus technologies
2. Collect and analyze data from a vehicle bus using network analysis tools such as Vector hardware
3. Monitor sensor variables
4. Compute quantities communicated on the bus
5. Record and analyze experimental data

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

Week(s) Topic(s)
1 Lecture 1. Safety Instructions for Working in the Laboratory; Role of Experiments in Automotive Engineering
Lecture 2. Measurement System: Structure and Components; Experiment Test Characteristics
2 Lecture 1. Calibration
Lecture 2. Instruments
3 Lecture 1. Instrument Specifications
Lecture 2. Signals Static and Dynamic Characteristics and Analysis of Experimental Data
4 Lecture 1. DAQ for measuring electrical signals and recording experimental data on a computer
Lecture 2. NI LabVIEW Fundamentals and Use in DAQ
5 Lecture 1. NI myRIO Fundamentals and Use in Experiments
Lecture 2. Test Report Writing and Presentation
6 Lecture 1. Overview of vehicle networks, the CAN bus, senors, and algorithms
Lecture 2. Vector CANalyser hardware and software and hands-on lab activity
7 Lecture 1. Overview of FMVSS and NHTSA Test Procedures Related to the Course Project
Lecture 2. Overview of SAE Standards Related to the Course Project.
8 Session 1. Course Project Assignment: “Virtual Experimental Estimation of Wheel Rotational Speeds of a 4x4 Hybrid-Electric Vehicle”.
Session 2. Working on the Project.
9 Lab 1. Strain Gauge Designs, Wiring and Calibrating Strain Gauges
Lab 2. Strain Gauges for Measuring Forces and Torques in Automotive Applications
10 Lab 1. Hall-effect sensor concept design and applications for measuring wheel rotational speed in traction control systems and anti-lock brake systems
Lab 1, continued
11 Working on the Project
12 Lab 1. Acceleration sensor concept design and application in the vehicle chassis system
Lab 2. Acceleration sensor concept design and application in the vehicle chassis system (continuation)
13 Working on the Project
14 Lab 1. A lifting system with control - design
Lab 2. A lifting system with control - a feedback control and data collection
15 Lab 1. Kistler Wheel Transducer - Design and Measurement of Wheel Forces and Torques
Lab 2. Virtual Vehicle Test on 4x4 Chassis Dynamometer with Individual Wheel Control
    • 4x4 Chassis dynamometer design
    • 4x4 Chassis dynamometer operational modes
    • Test procedure to study the tire rolling radius in the driven mode  
    • Use of Kistler wheel transducer
16 Writing Project Reports and Presenting Project Outcomes (in groups)
Final exam


Primary Faculty
Seger, Jennifer
Secondary Faculty
Dulinski, Kenneth
Associate Dean
Thero, Laura
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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