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SAE to host seminars on environment and emissions in Detroit area

SAE International, the society dedicated to advancing mobility engineering worldwide, will offer relevant technological courses this month in Troy, Michigan near Detroit; and during next month’s SAE World Congress on Environment and Emissions.

The advantage for attendees to these courses is that they are taught by leading instructors from the auto industry and academia.

Evaporative and Refueling Emission Control Seminar (I.D.# C0928 )
March 24-25, 2011 in Troy, Michigan, USA
Fees: $1,225, less for SAE members

This comprehensive seminar introduces the participants to the principles of gasoline evaporative fuel vapor generation (diurnal, hot soak, running loss, and refueling) from the vehicle fuel tank, fuel vapor storage in activated carbon canisters, and fuel vapor desorption and consumption in engine combustion. The seminar begins with an analysis of gasoline and gasoline/ethanol blends and estimation of their vapor pressures and vapor generation. In-depth analysis of various vapor generations as a function of fuel properties (ethanol content, Reid Vapor Pressure, etc.) and ambient conditions will be presented. Activated carbon canister design, OBD II leak detection, hydrocarbon permeation, and CARB and EPA evaporative test procedures will also be covered. Participants will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained by designing a sample evaporative and refueling emissions control system in class.

Internal Combustion Systems: HCCI, DoD, VCT/VVT, DI and VCR Seminar (I.D.# C0613)
Instructor: W. Mark McVea
April 27-29, 2011 in Troy, Michigan, USA
Fees: $1,545, less for SAE Members

This seminar will expose you to the emerging technologies in engine design and operation that can significantly improve operational efficiencies. The fundamental science and implementation technology of the various internal combustion engine systems will be presented. Attendees will learn how the Engine Control Module (ECM) uses information related to the operational status to implement real-time running efficiency of the engine. You will also learn how the ECM effects changes in the operation of the engine through the control systems that manage its operation. With this understanding, you will be able to derive your own set of improvement criteria that could be made to address the limitations of current engine technology.

Diesel Emissions and Control Technologies Seminar (Course I.D. # C0206)
Instructors: Suresh Gulati & Ronald Heck
April 11-12, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan, USA
held in conjunction with the SAE 2011 World Congress
Part of the SAE International Diesel Technology Certificate Program
Fees: $1,385, less for SAE Members

This seminar will explore the progress in combating diesel emissions using oxidation catalysts, catalyzed "trap," continuous regeneration "trap," fuel additives, NOx "trap," and plasma technology. New developments in filter materials, heat capacity and thermal conductivity, low backpressure and safe regeneration will be discussed. Similarly, novel designs that reduce regeneration stresses in SiC filters with high coefficient of thermal expansion and in high cell density cordierite filters with higher mass
will be discussed. Several applications for light- and heavy-duty diesel engines will be reviewed to illustrate the design and durability of after-treatment devices. Finally, the mounting system for large frontal area oxidation catalysts and wall-flow diesel filters, which plays a major role in ensuring their mechanical and thermal durability, will be emphasized.

Other Scheduled Seminars

SAE 2011 High Efficiency IC Engines Symposium
April 10-11, 2011
Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit, Michigan, USA

SAE 2011 World Congress
April 12-14, 2011
Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA

SAE 2011 Workshop to Characterize Biobased Materials in Vehicles for the USDA BioPreferred Program
April 15, 2011
Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA

About the Author: After 39 years in the auto industry as a design engineer, Frank Sherosky now trades stocks and writes articles, books and ebooks via, but may be contacted here by email: [email protected]

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