Engineering and design
Module code: H7109
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Laboratory, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework
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.