Technical Overview of Automotive Differentials


This webinar intends to provide an insight into automotive differential technologies; specifically the intended function, issues with the common differential types (i.e. open differential), the concept of traction aiding differentials and the difference between passive mechanical and active electronic, and finally an over the design requirements and common manufacturing nuances specific to differential gears.


Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the operational requirements of an automotive differential
  • Define and describe the fundamental and governing equation of differential gearing
  • Explain the functional differences between open and traction aiding differentials in the context of an enhanced driving experience
  • Appreciate the various common threads to the technology and gear design for most of the various forms of passive mechanical
  • Understanding the fundamentals of electronically controlled traction control

You will have 30 days to view this webinar. 

William Mark McVea Ph.D., P.E. (Moderator)

President and Principal Engineer, KBE+, Inc

Dr. William Mark McVea, P.E., is currently President and Principal Engineer of KBE+, Inc. where he and his team design and develop complete powertrains for automotive and off-highway vehicles.  His experience includes positions within the mechanical drive and powertrain industry. Chief Technology Officer for an industry leader in the design and development of patented powertrain engineering technology used primarily in the automotive industry; Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Sciences in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology; and adjunct professor at Purdue University in their Automotive Sciences Department.  He was also formerly a manager of the CAE group within a tier-one powertrain supplier to global automotive markets, a consulting engineer in vehicle dynamics, and a project manager of traction systems for off-highway vehicles.  In addition, he has extensive publications on transmission systems, automated design assistant systems, knowledge systems and knowledge based engineering in general.  He also holds or is listed as co-inventor on numerous patents related to mechanical power transmissions.  Dr. McVea holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Design Engineering from Purdue University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.


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Automotive Differentials Certificate
1.50 Clock Hours credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 Clock Hours credits  |  Certificate available