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I was recently researching electric power steering when I came across the most incredible book I’ve ever seen: the Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering. It’s 4,000 pages about the science of automotive design and engineering. I really want a copy, but I’d have to sell one of my cars to afford it.

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Written by David Crolla, David Foster, Tashio Kobayashi and Nicholas Vaughan last year, the six-volume encyclopedia covers topics that make my inner automobile engineer feel very warm and fuzzy. The Amazon description says the book covers nine main topics:

(1) Engines: Fundamentals (2) Engines: Design (3) Hybrid and Electric Powertrains (4) Transmission and Driveline (5) Chassis Systems (6) Electrical and Electronic Systems (7) Body Design (8) Materials and Manufacturing (9) Telematics.

And taking a glance at the free preview below, it’s obvious that the book isn’t just covering the basics, even if the description likes to use the word “fundamentals”; this giant fountain of automotive knowledge goes deep into the history of certain auto technologies, and describes the principles that guide how they work.

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Yes, if you don’t have an engineering degree, some of this is going to be tough to understand:

Here’s the enormous mouthwatering table of contents from an Ebay seller’s page (on which this encyclopedia is listed for over $2,500—clearly a price designed for academic institutions and automotive corporations):


Table of Contents

Editorial Board

Dedication

Foreword

Preface

Part 1

Operating Principles

Thermordynamic Analysis

Fundamental Chemical Kinetics

Fundamental Combustion Modes

Solving Combustion Chemistry in Engine Simulations

NOx Formation and Models

UHC and CO Formation and Models

Particulate Formation and Models

Gas Exchange - Breathing and Air Management

Fuel Introduction

In-Cylinder Flow

Spark Ignition Combustion

Diesel and Diesel LTC Combustion

Advanced Compression-Ignition Combustion for Ultra-Low NOx and Soot

Pressure and Heat Release Analysis

Zero- and One-Dimensional Methodologies and Tools

Multidimensional Simulation

Fuels for Engines and the Impact of Fuel Composition on Engine Performance

Intake Boosting

Exhaust Gas Energy Recovery

Engine Thermal Management

Lubrication and Friction

Gas Aftertreatment Systems

Solid/Condensed Phase Aftertreatment Systems

Engine Performance

Exhaust Emissions

Fundamentals

Trends – Spark Ignition

Trends – Compression Ignition

Part 2

Automotive Diesel Engine Development Trends

Critical layout dimensions

Cranktrain Development

Cooling Systems

Lubrication systems

Piston and ring development

Valvetrain development

Material and Process Selection – Cylinder Blocks and Heads

Block and Head Analysis

Gaskets and Sealing

NVH Considerations in Engine Development

Turbocharging

Supercharging

Diesel Fuel Injection Systems

Emission Control Systems - Oxides of nitrogen

Stoichiometric Exhaust Emission Control

Exhaust Emission Control Considerations for Diesel Engines

Engine Management Systems

Engine/Transmission Matching

Drive Cycles

Fuel economy optimization

Part 3

Overview of Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles

EV powertrain configuration

EV powertrain parameters

EV auxilaries

Basic consideration

Micro, mild and full hybrid

Series Hybrid Electric Vehicles (SHEVs)

Parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicles (Parallel HEVs)

Series-Parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Range extender EV

All-Wheel Drive Hybrid System

EVT and E-CVT for Full Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Power and Energy requirements for electric and hybrid vehicles

Rechargeable Battery Basics

Advanced batteries for vehicle applications

Batteries indication and management

Battery safety for lithium batteries in vehicle applications

Fuel Cell Powered Vehicles

Ultracapacitors in electric drive vehicles

General requirement of traction motor drives

DC motor drives

Induction motor drives

Future direction of traction motor drives

Regenerative braking systems

Energy management systems of EVs

Energy management systems of HEVs

Battery charging standards

Communication of Electric Vehicles

Voltage Control and Frequency Control

Impact of electric vehicles on low-voltage supply systems

Part 4

General Introduction - basic definitions, structure of Part 4

Transmission Gear Design

Loads & Bearings and Bearing Failure

Mechanics of contacting surfaces

Tribological optimisation in the powertrain

Synchronisers - gear change process, loads, timing, shift effort, thermal loads, materials and tolerances

Dry Clutch

Clutch Wet

Automotive Torque Converters

Manual (MT) - layouts, design considerations, packaging & manual shift mechanism, manufacturing & assembly

Automatic Transmissions - geartrain combinations, components, design considerations, hydraulic system, packaging, manuf., assembly

The variable pulley CVT

Traction drive CVT

Power Split Configurations

Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF)

Propshafts (Driveshafts)

Coupling connections and splines

Articulated Joints and Couplings – Cardan and CV Joints

Axle Systems

Basic Open Differentials

Passive and Active Limited Slip Differentials

Torque Transfer with AWD Systems

Drive train noise, vibration and harshness

Clutch Actuation

Launch Control

Control systems and strategies for automated manual and double clutch transmissions

AT Control – actuation methods & system integration, gear choice, gear shift strategy & process, adaptive features

CVT Control - system integration, ratio choice, shift dynamics & strategy, adaptive features, engine calibration, em assist

Part 5

Possibilities of coil springs and fibre reinforced suspension parts

Air suspension systems, what advanced applications may be possible?

The harshness of air springs in passenger cars

Air supply for advanced applications

Technology of active shock absorbers and benefits in regards of ride and handling

Suspension arms, steel versus aluminium,where are the benefits?

Performance Target Conflicts in Normal Tires and Ultra High Performance (UHP) Tires

Tyre pressure monitoring systems

Brake systems, an overview

Carbon fibre reinforced siliconcarbide: a new brake disk material

The development of alternative brake systems

The Cooperation of Regenerative Braking and Friction Braking in Fuel Cell-, Hybrid- and Electric Vehicles

Designing twist beam axles

ULSAS – Suspensions, a comparison of rear suspension design

Light weight front suspensions, a comparison

Active front steering for passenger cars

New Electrical Power Steering Systems

Steer by Wire, Potential and Challenges

The potential for handling improvements by global chassis control

Customer oriented Evaluation of Vehicle Handling Characteristics

Automated Driving

Global Chassis Control in Passenger Cars

Chassis Control Systems - A Look into the Future

Torque vectoring by drive train systems

Chassis modeling and optimization by the advanced method ABE

System Simulation in DSHPLUS, What applications are possible?

Comparison of the modeling techniques for chassis applications. An advice for the user

Part 6

Historical Overview of Electronics and Automobiles: Breakthroughs and Innovation by Electronics and Electrical Technology

ECU technologies from components to ECU configuration

Diversification of electronics and electrical systems and the technologies for the integrated systems

Microcomputers and Related Technologies: Enlargement of Software Size, Algorithms, Architectures, Hierarchy Design, Functional Decomposition, and Standardization

Increase of ECU and Wire harness, JB simplify and decrease networks

ECU Design and Reliability

Manufacturing: An Introduction to Production Technology, SCM, and Quality Assurance

In-Vehicle Network

Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation

The Wire Harness

Batteries

Generators and Charging Control

Starter

Applications of radio wave technologies to vehicles

Applications of image recognition technologies to vehicles

Vehicle safety, Functional safety, OBD diagnosis

Interfaces between Sensors and ECUs

Various types of sensors

Ceramics sensors for power train ECU systems

Semiconductor Sensor (1)—Sensors for Power Trains

Semiconductor Sensors (2): Sensors for Safety Systems

Semiconductor Sensors (3): Optical Sensors

Various Kinds of Actuators and Signal Interfaces

Engine ECU systems

Hybrid Systems and High Voltage Components

Chassis ECU (Vehicle dynamics, ABS)

Chassis ECU (Steering)

Chassis ECU (ACC)

Body ECU Cluster

Body ECU (airbag)

Body and Lighting ECU (Key-less Entry, Sonar, HID, LED Usage for Lamps)

Car air conditioning and electronics: analog, digital control and zone management

Car navigation

Telecommunications

Active safety, pre-collision safety and other safety products (millimeter wave, image recognition, laser)

Part 7

Body design, overview, targeting a good balance between all vehicle functionalities

Innovative structural design

The Fascination of Car Body Manufacture: Requirements for car body manufacture from viewpoint of production

Styling of cars, from sketch to realisation, main trends and milestones

Fundamentals, basic principals in road vehicle aerodynamics & design

Exterior vehicle noise development: assessment and control

Vehicle vibration and harshness

Vehicle architecture for meeting anthropometric, posture, comfort, health requirements of passengers

Human Machine Interface design in modern vehicles

Vehicle seat design, development and manufacturing

Physics of car crashes: design concepts for safer cars

Reparability and insurance ratings in the development of cars

Adaptive Restraint Systems: Towards Integral Safety

Pedestrian protection, overview

Part 8

Processing of Steels

Wrought Aluminum Alloys: Grades and Properties and Processing

Automotive Applications for Magnesium

Automotive Applications for Titanium

Processing of Polymers

Application of Elastomeric Components for Noise and Vibration Isolation in the Automotive Industry

Trim

Hybrid Structures

Metal Matrix Composites: Automotive Applications

Automotive Glazing

Recycling of Polymers & Composites

Biopolymers & Biocomposites

Automotive Environmental Life Cycle Assessment

Part 9

Intelligent Transport Systems: Overview and Structure (history, applications, architectures)

Intelligent Transport Systems: Market and Policies

Evolution and Future Trends

Technologies - Communication: Mobile

Technologies - Communication: Wireless LAN-based Vehicular Communication

Technologies - Positioning: GNSS

Tracking and navigation for goods and people

In-vehicle sensors

Data Acquisition by Roadside Detection

Technologies - Data Acquisition: Data fusion

Applications - Intelligent Vehicles: Driver Information

Driver Assistance

Applications - Intelligent Roads and Cooperative Systems: Urban Traffic Management

Advanced Highway Management Systems

Road Traffic and Travel Information (RTTI)

Logistics and Fleet Management

Tolling, Mobility Pricing

Applications - Further Applications: Emergency Services, eCall

Quality Management in ITS

IT-Security for Communicating Automotive Systems

Driver Distraction

Man that’s some nerdy, but extremely awesome stuff.

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Edit: Oct 27, 2016: changed preview link to Google Books.