Model Based Design Curriculum for Vehicle Powertrains

The Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) team at Argonne is pleased to announce the creation of a brand new online educational curriculum: Model Based Design for Vehicle Powertrains.  Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and MathWorks, the course contains a set of self-paced, online learning modules that teach engineering students and entry-level engineers the basics of model based design, how to build vehicle component simulation models, and fundamentals of hybrid system control and fault diagnosis.


The course will be rolled out in two phases. Phase 1, which was released in August 2013, was created through a unique collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, Virginia Tech, and The Ohio State University. It includes three learning modules that focus on basic component modeling/energy flow, battery energy storage systems, and series hybrid supervisory control.

Phase 2 of the project is slated for release next summer and is currently under development by Mississippi State University, The Ohio State University and the University of Washington. We expect to release four new modules in Phase 2 that will focus on IC engines, transmissions, electric machines/power electronics, and parallel hybrid supervisory control.

The curriculum is envisioned to be extremely useful for students wishing to complete the modeling exercise as part of the EcoCAR 3 proposal submission, but the course can also be taken by anyone who is not familiar with model based design and would like to learn how it is used in an automotive application.

You can access the Model Based Design for Vehicle Powertrains curriculum on the National Training and Education Resource at  The curriculum is free of charge, open to the public, and is licensed under the creative commons licensing structure.  For more information, please email