Engineering and design

Vehicle Technology

Module code: H7109
Level 6
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Laboratory, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

This module aims to address the current and future demand for engineers in the automotive sector to have a holistic understanding of vehicles as systems which deliver a range of capabilities from transport to safety to information to entertainment. The delivery mode will make use of hands-on interactive design/analysis/virtual engineering in computer clusters with prepared electronic worksheets/projects.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Functional requirements (including safety, regulations, NVH, recyclability and cost) for varying segments, eg light duty, public transport (PSV), trucks, agriculture, off-highway and motor sport.
  • Subsystems: body, interior, chassis, closures, chassis, electrical, propulsion, ride and handling, NVH, ergonomics, manufacturing/supply, product planning.
  • Topical issues: hybridization (incl. PSV and not only electric), HEV energy and power management, composite materials, alternative fuels, vehicle control development and integration technologies, ICT standards and protocols.

Module learning outcomes

  • Possess comprehensive knowledge of automotive vehicle market segments including an understanding of the distinctive features, requirements, and design philosophies.
  • Understand the processes involved and the capability to generate a basic vehicle layout from its subsystems to allow for a range of considerations including ergonomics, safety features, the role of product planning, manufacturing, and recyclability.
  • Possess up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the statutory and regulatory frameworks applicable to automotive vehicle technology including major design and safety considerations.
  • Be skilled in undertaking basic design and analysis calculations to assess vehicle performance in terms of power requirements, acceleration and braking, steering, ride and handling, NVH, and crash.