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Understanding Automotive Electronics, 7th Edition

Book Description

Understanding Automotive Electronics is the first port of call for control engineers, system engineers and electronic engineers in the automotive industry needing a thorough grounding in automotive electronics and control.

From simple automotive electronic circuits to the latest developments in telematics, active safety, entertainment and communications, the book is also an ideal resource for more senior automotive engineers without a background in electronics or control needing to work in the area or supervise specialists.

Thoroughly updated throughout, this new edition moves away from introductory mechanic-level electronics to cover more hot topics such as transmission control, hybrid control, AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) and vehicle networks.



  • Comprehensive coverage of automotive electronics and control, including the latest technology in telematics, active safety, entertainment and communications
  • Covers the topic from an engineering perspective rather than a technician or mechanic-focused trouble-shooting level
  • Ideal as a conversion tool for control and electronic engineers moving into the automotive industry and a valuable reference for all automotive engineers without an electronics background needing to understand this far-reaching topic

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Dedication
  5. Copyright
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1. The Systems Approach to Control and Instrumentation
    1. Chapter Overview
    2. Concept of a System
    3. Linear System Theory: Continuous Time
    4. Steady-State Sinusoidal Frequency Response of a System
    5. State Variable Formulation of Models
    6. Control Theory
    7. Stability of Control System
    8. Closed-Loop Limit-Cycle Control
    9. Instrumentation
    10. Basic Measurement System
    11. Filtering
  9. Chapter 2. Discrete Time Systems Theory
    1. Digital Subsystem
    2. Sinusoidal Frequency Response
    3. Discrete Time Control System
    4. Closed Loop Control
    5. Example Discrete Time Control System
    6. Summary
  10. Chapter 3. Electronics Fundamentals
    1. Semiconductor Devices
    2. Rectifier Circuit
    3. Integrated Circuits
    4. Use of Feedback in Op Amps
    5. Summing Mode Amplifier
    6. Digital Circuits
    7. Binary Number System
    8. Logic Circuits (Combinatorial)
    9. Logic Circuits with Memory (Sequential)
    10. Synchronous Counter
    11. Integrated Circuits
    12. The Microprocessor
  11. Chapter 4. Microcomputer Instrumentation and Control
    1. Microcomputer Fundamentals
    2. Microcomputer Tasks
    3. Microcomputer Operations
    4. CPU Registers
    5. Reading Instructions
    6. Example Use of a Microcomputer
    7. Programming Languages
    8. Microcomputer Hardware
    9. Microcomputer Applications in Automotive Systems
    10. Instrumentation Applications of Microcomputers
    11. Microcomputers in Control Systems
  12. Chapter 5. The Basics of Electronic Engine Control
    1. Motivation for Electronic Engine Control
    2. Exhaust Emissions
    3. Fuel Economy
    4. Federal Government Test Procedures
    5. Concept of an Electronic Engine Control System
    6. Definition of Engine Performance Terms
    7. Exhaust Catalytic Converters
    8. Electronic Fuel-Control System
    9. Analysis of Intake Manifold Pressure
    10. Idle Speed Control
    11. Electronic Ignition
  13. Chapter 6. Sensors and Actuators
    1. Automotive Control System Applications of Sensors and Actuators
    2. Throttle Angle Sensor
    3. Temperature Sensors
    4. Typical Coolant Sensor
    5. Sensors for Feedback Control
    6. Knock Sensors
    7. Automotive Engine Control Actuators
    8. Variable Valve Timing
    9. Electric Motor Actuators
    10. Stepper Motors
    11. Ignition System
  14. Chapter 7. Digital Powertrain Control Systems
    1. Introduction
    2. Digital Engine Control
    3. Digital Engine Control Features
    4. Control Modes for Fuel Control
    5. Discrete Time Idle Speed Control
    6. EGR Control
    7. Variable Valve Timing Control
    8. Electronic Ignition Control
    9. Integrated Engine Control System
    10. Summary of Control Modes
  15. Chapter 8. Vehicle-Motion Controls
    1. Representative Cruise Control System
    2. Cruise Control Electronics
    3. Antilock Braking System
    4. Electronic Suspension System
    5. Electronic Steering Control
    6. Four-Wheel Steering
    7. Summary
  16. Chapter 9. Automotive Instrumentation and Telematics
    1. Modern Automotive Instrumentation
    2. Input and Output Signal Conversion
    3. Advantages of Computer-Based Instrumentation
    4. Display Devices
    5. LED
    6. LCD
    7. VFD
    8. Fuel Quantity Measurement
    9. Coolant Temperature Measurement
    10. Oil Pressure Measurement
    11. Vehicle Speed Measurement
    12. High-Speed Digital Communications (CAN)
    13. Trip Information Computer
    14. Telematics
    15. GPS Navigation
    16. The GPS System Structure
    17. Automotive Diagnostics
  17. Chapter 10. Diagnostics and Occupant Protection
    1. Electronic Control System Diagnostics
    2. Service Bay Diagnostic Tool
    3. Onboard Diagnostics
    4. Model-Based Sensor Failure Detection
    5. Diagnostic Fault Codes
    6. Onboard Diagnosis (OBD II)
    7. Model-Based Misfire Detection System
    8. Expert Systems in Automotive Diagnosis
    9. Occupant Protection Systems
  18. Glossary
  19. Quiz questions
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 3
    4. Chapter 4
    5. Chapter 5
    6. Chapter 6
    7. Chapter 7
    8. Chapter 8
    9. Chapter 9
    10. Chapter 10
  20. Index