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Syllabus for

Academic year
TME121 - Engineering of automotive systems
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-17 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAUT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0112 Examination 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c   27 Oct 2014 am H,  02 Jan 2015 pm V,  Contact examiner
0212 Written and oral assignments 4,5 c Grading: UG   4,5 c    

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Professor  Lennart Josefson


TME120   Engineering of automotive systems

Course evaluation:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

BSc in Mechanical engineering


The overall aim is that the student shall understand:
The vehicle as a system of technological solutions
The requirements on a complete vehicle from the customer, the vehicle manufacturer and the society
The break-down to verifiable requirements on parts of the vehicle system

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  •  Explain the different requirements on a complete vehicle based  on the customer, the vehicle turer and the societal perspective
  • Formulate requirements within transport efficiency, energy efficiency, safety
  •  Explain the Load Carrying & Protection Systems, Chassis Systems / Motion Control Systems, Propulsion Systems / Energy Management Systems of a vehicle
  •  Break-down and balance complete vehicle requirements to above mentioned systems.
  •  Verify some alternative system solutions with respect to above mentioned, using advised verification methods and select between above alternatives.
  • Describe some methods to validate some complete vehicle requirements


  • Requirements on a complete vehicle from the customer, the company and the society, examples: transport efficiency, energy efficiency, safety, cost, quality, legislation, product message, platform efficiency
  • The vehicle as a system of technological solutions, examples of subsystems:  Load Carrying & Protection Systems, Chassis Systems / Motion Control Systems, Propulsion Systems / Energy Management Systems.
  • The break-down to and balancing of verifiable requirements on subsystems and components.
  • Verification of technical solutions and validation of requirements
  •  Usage of product development methods (ex modelling, optimisation, FMEA) .
  •  Assignments



- Lectures
- Assignments
- Company visits


Julian Happian-Smith, An Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design , Butterwoth-Heinemann, 2002, ISBN 0-7506-5044-3. Additional technical papers and classroom notes are used as supplementary text. "The Value Model" -  Per Lindstedt och Jan Burenius, Nimba AB, ISBN 91-630-6349-2, is recommended


- Assignments (60%)
- Exam (40%)

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