Risorse bibliografiche
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Cfu 8.00 Tipo insegnamento Corso Integrato
Docente Della Torre Augusto , Perini Roberto

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

This course aims to provide an extensive know-how about typical modeling techniques applied to IC engines (both spark ignition and compression ignition) and hybrid/electric powertrains, in order to predict the efficiency of on-board energy conversion process and the related pollutant emissions, as function of different architectures (IC engine, hybrid series/parallel, plug-in, full electric vehicle).

The course provides experience with IC engine and hybrid/electric vehicle modeling tools. Simulation codes are applied to build up integrated models of the various components. A numerical laboratory is included to allow a direct application of a few simulation tools.

Power electronics and electrical machines applied to series/parallel hybrid vehicles are analyzed, as for their structure, performance, dynamical modelling and simulation. The thermal behavior will be studied too. Simulation will be applied to normal and peculiar operating conditions, like the regenerative braking.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

After completing the course students will be able to:

  • understand the modeling approaches and numerical techniques adopted to simulate the most important processes in IC engines, power electronics, electrical machines and hybrid vehicles;
  • evaluate all relevant parameters of automotive propulsion systems, taking into account the vehicle architecture, operation and interaction among different components;
  • assess the advantages/disadvantages of each solution in terms of performances, pollutant and CO2 emissions, flexibility, range;
  • have knowledge about the potential and field of application of simulation tools for IC engine performance and emissions and for power electronics and electrical machines;
  • have a good familiarity with the use of 0D/1D thermo-fluid dynamic tools and simplified vehicle simulation tools for a preliminary analysis of automotive propulsion systems;
  • understand the application and control of electrical motors and generators in vehicles.

Argomenti trattati

1D simulation of intake and exhaust systems by fluid dynamic models: prediction of unsteady flows; fundamental equations and numerical methods; boundary conditions

Single zone and multi-zone thermodynamic combustion models: SI and CI engines; balance equations, solution methods; chemical equilibrium and simplified kinetic sub-models.

Prediction of typical pollutant emissions from SI and CI engines: CO, HC, NOx, soot, by means of suitable kinetic sub-models and simplified semi-empirical models.

Conversion of pollutants in after-treatment systems: modeling of chemical reactions and conversion efficiency of three-way catalyst, SCR, oxidation catalyst, DPF.

Conventional/hybrid vehicle simulations under real driving conditions: calculation of performances (engine efficiency, fuel consumption and CO2 emission) and emissions, considering different vehicle architectures.

Power Electronics and converters: Description of the characteristics of diodes and controllable switches (Mosfets, IGBTs, …) and thermal behaviour. Switch mode dc-dc converters: full-bridge (four quadrant) converter. PWM modulation. Switch mode dc-ac converters: single phase and three-phase structure. Sinusoidal PWM modulation.

Electrical Machines for traction: Rotating magnetic field. Synchronous machine. Permanent Magnets Brushless DC and AC: structure, operation principle, mechanical characteristic. Induction machine. Structure, operation principle, mechanical characteristic. Synchronous Permanent Magnet Outer Rotor (In-Wheel) Motor.

Design of the electrical main components of a series hybrid vehicle starting from the driving characteristics.

Modeling of the regenerative braking systems.


Notions of IC engines from the MSc level; notions of thermodynamics, chemistry and fluid machines from the BSc level.

Principles of electrical engineering.

Modalità di valutazione

Evaluations at all official exam dates will consist of a written exam (2 hours) with open theoretical and numerical questions.

A facultative oral discussion is available to complete the exam for the highest marks (≥28) and not foreseen in all other cases.

The student can choose to take just one part of the examination (thermal engines or electric components), in half of the available time (1 hour). The partial mark is considered valid up to the exam dates in January-
February. The choice to take just one part of the exam can be communicated to the teachers also after reading the task.
If the student takes the whole exam, he cannot reject the mark of one part. The rejection implies the repetition of the whole exam.
Assume that the mark in one part of the exam is low, and the student wants to repeat that part. When he takes the exam again and hands in his written task, the previous mark of that part is cancelled: the student
cannot choose between the previous and the actual mark.

The student during the examination must demonstrate:

  • to have the ability to organize the knowledge of the different topics of the course and the interrelations existing between them;
  • to have the capacity for critical reasoning on the theoretical concepts that led to the definition of the different technological solutions which have been studied;
  • to be able to quantitatively determine the main geometrical and operational parameters which are asked in the proposed numerical exercises;
  • to describe each topic with good technical language and adequate synthesis and linearity.


Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaFerrari G., Internal Combustion Engines, Editore: Esculapio, Anno edizione: 2014, ISBN: 9788874887651
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaLars Eriksson, Lars Nielsen, Modeling and Control of Engines and Drivelines, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 2014
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaMohan Undeland Robbins, Power Electronics , Editore: Wiley, Anno edizione: 2003
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaFitzgerald, Kingsley Umans, Electrical Machines, Editore: Mc Graw-Hill, Anno edizione: 2003
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaDi Gerlando, Perini, Dispensa di Macchine Elettriche

available on Beep

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaEsani, Gao, Gay, Emadi, Modern electric hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles, Editore: CRC Press

available on the Electronic Library of PoliMI

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaNotes on the thermal behaviour of static switches

available on Beep

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