Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Janos L. Grantner

Second Advisor

Dr. Damon Miller

Third Advisor

Dr. Ralph Tanner


Transmission, testing, simulation, vehicle, model

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Eaton Vehicle Group is responsible for the development of a large family of automotive products, including manual and automated manual transmissions for light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles. To further expand the transmission testing capabilities at Vehicle Group headquarters, the Vehicle Simulator system was developed and integrated into an existing motor-based test cell. System development time and cost were reduced by leveraging readily available vehicle models and real-time hardware. The Vehicle Simulator system allows a user to control the speed and torque settings of the test cell motors in manual mode, or switch the motors to vehicle emulation mode. All operation modes can be controlled through a user interface, Controller Area Network (CAN) bus messages, physical vehicle pedals, or a script. A simulated test cell was also developed, allowing the user to test system functionality without the need to actuate the physical test cell and transmission. Details of the Vehicle Simulator system integration are provided along with test results showing operation of the system in manual mode as well as vehicle emulation mode.