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International Journal of Powertrains
International Journal of Powertrains


Special issue on: "Model-based Control in Automotive Powertrains"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Hong Chen, Jilin University, China
Dr. Chin-Yuan Perng, Ford Motor Co., USA
Prof. Henry Zhang, Purdue University, USA

Since electronic control was introduced to vehicular engines in the 1970s for substantial emissions reduction, modern cars are increasingly likely to be equipped with electronics in their engines, transmission, braking, etc. With the rapidly increasing complexity of vehicular powertrain systems, control technology becomes an enabling factor in the development of powertrain systems.

Model-based control was introduced and rapidly developed in recent years. Compared with traditional controller development, which is normally based on tunable PID or rule-based feed-forward control, model-based control holds the potential to dramatically reduce the calibration effort, and to meet increasingly stringent performance requirements.

This special issue is aimed at addressing the application of model-based control theory and technology in the field of automotive powertrains.

Subject Coverage
Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
  • Linear and non-linear controller design in automotive powertrain applications
  • Linear and non-linear observer design in automotive powertrain applications
  • Application of model predictive control and moving horizon estimation
  • Model-based design in engine control systems, including EGR, VCT, VGT, GDI and HCCI
  • Application of model-based design in fuel reduction and emission after treatment
  • Model-based design for control systems of clutches, transmissions and brakes
  • Model-based control in electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles, including the electric hybrid, hydraulic hybrid, and mechanical hybrid

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 31 March, 2012 (extended)

Completion of first review: 30 April, 2012 (tentative)

Submission of revised paper: 31 May, 2012 (tentative)

Completion of final review: 31 July, 2012 (tentative)

Final manuscript submission: 31 August, 2012 (tentative)