In 2011, Clemson University’s Department of Automotive Engineering received a $1 million competitive award from the Department of Energy’s Graduate Automotive Technology Education, or GATE, division. These funds were devoted to building a center for research and education in sustainable vehicle systems.

Specific Research and Educational Activities


• Characterization of electric and hybrid vehicle driveline components

     – Impedance characterization of batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells

     – Temperature and humidity controlled environmental chamber

• Battery life prediction models: degradation, ageing, failure modeling

     – Efficiency mapping of electric motors and generators

     – Testing of power electronics: motor controllers, BMS, etc Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing of powertrain systems

     – Energy management strategies for EV, series, parallel hybrid architectures

     – Integrated energy efficiency and vehicle dynamics

• Advanced engine control research

     – Validation of novel control algorithms for multi-fuel engine operation

• Fault diagnostics and prognostic algorithms for advanced hybrids

     – Analyzing component and system behavior under fault injection in simulated experimental environments

     – Methodologies for automatic calibration of diagnostic thresholds for fault detection and isolation for characterization of failure evolution, failure propagation, and identification of fault features

GATE Powertrain Integration Laboratory Approach

Creation of new AuE 893 Hybrid Powertrain Control Lab Course