Engineering and design

Automotive Systems

Module code: 532H3
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

1. An overview of the automotive systems, operating principles, performance analysis and design process.
2. Introductions to IC engines, HEV technology, FCV technology and transmission.
3. Introduction to vehicle dynamics, adhesion, cornering behaviour, roll and roll movement distribution, stability control.
4. Introduction to chassis, suspension, steering, brake and tyre performance. Introduction to thermal management, body aerodynamics, NVH, electronics and control system including telematics, crashworthiness and crash testing.
5. Selection of appropriate subsystems, components to meet performance objectives.
6. Use of various new technologies to improve engine behaviour, downsizing, power output and emissions.

Module learning outcomes

  • Have a Systematic understanding of concepts and principles of the design process and its practical implications
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the structure and dynamics of a modern vehicle and design the operation of major vehicle sub systems
  • Specify vehicle performance and select design parameters
  • Research data on vehicle design, R&D and understand the value and significance of data sources.