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SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Refsheet

SAE technical papers 

The Society of Automotive Engineers publishes several hundred technical papers annually. Each paper has an assigned accession number (paper number). Papers published previous to 1999 have a six digit number (e.g. 929403). Papers published 1999 or after have a ten digit number (e.g. 1999-01-3518). The first two digits of the early papers, and the first four digits of the later papers indicate the year of publication.

Selected technical papers are published as part of standalone SAE publications such as books (e.g. Aircraft Thermal Management Systems Architectures) or journals (e.g. SAE International Journal of Engines). In the past, technical papers were sometimes published as part of the Special Publication (SP) series or the Proceedings of the SAE series.

Requesting SAE papers 

The SAE technical papers in our collection are in a variety of formats: microfiche, paper, and CD-ROM. In order to simplify access for users, all SAE technical papers are now requested through ILLiad. You will receive a PDF of the paper. If possible, please include the SAE paper number and the title of the SAE paper in your request so that we can correctly identify the paper you are requesting. If the paper you need is cited using an SAE journal title rather than a paper number, then include the journal citation information with your request.

SAE standards 

SAE publishes three groups of industry standards:

  • SAE Ground Vehicle Standards, sometimes known as "J" standards
  • SAE Aerospace Standards
  • SAE Aerospace Material Specifications

Obtaining SAE standards

If you want to retrieve the older SAE J Standards yourself, they are included in the SAE Handbook, which we have in print format. Faculty and grad students may request current SAE standards through ILLiad, following the guidelines posted. Undergraduate students who need standards should request them through a faculty member.

Finding SAE publications 

You can search for SAE publications at the SAE site, though you will not be able to access full text at that site (we do not have a subscription). Once you have identified a paper in question, use its paper number in your ILLiad request.




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