Calls for papers


International Journal of Powertrains
International Journal of Powertrains


Special Issue on: "Automobile Powertrain Integration, Evaluation and Utilisation"

Guest Editor:
Dr. Robert Prucka and Dr. Ardalan Vahidi, Clemson University, USA

Constant pressure to improve fuel economy with minimal added cost to the end user drives continuous research in all aspects of automobile powertrains. Cost-effective and efficient modern automotive powertrains are by definition highly integrated and optimised systems. Fuel economy gains can be achieved during every step of the vehicle design process, as well as with efficient utilisation in the field. A clear direction in powertrain design is to increase the number of control actuators to provide maximum operational flexibility, and hence yield fuel economy improvements when properly utilised.

Increased control authority produces significant challenges during the integration and calibration of powertrain systems, and drives research into advanced control and calibration techniques that maximise efficiency while minimising time to market for new products. Additionally, the wide adoption of vehicle guidance systems and other forms of connectivity provide an outstanding opportunity to maximise in-use fuel economy through intelligent route planning and execution.

This special issue will focus on, but is not limited to, author contributions to automobile-related research at Clemson University; we also strongly encourage researchers affiliated with other institutions to submit articles for this call. Papers will emphasise progress in modelling, simulation, control and experimental analysis to improve the general understanding of powertrain design, integration, testing and end-user utilisation.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, automobile powertrain design, integration, control and evaluation techniques:

  • Transient emissions or fuel economy
  • Engine and transmission control and/or calibration strategies
  • Component sizing and layout consideration
  • Supervisory control of powertrains
  • Drive-cycle analysis and synthesis
  • Efficient route planning
  • Energy storage
  • Alternative fuel utilisation

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 has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 8 April, 2015