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Syllabus for

Academic year
TME202 - Vehicle and traffic safety
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAUT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

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

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Laboratory, part A 2,0 c Grading: UG   2,0 c    
0213 Examination, part B 2,0 c Grading: TH   2,0 c   17 Jan 2015 pm H
0313 Examination, part C 2,0 c Grading: TH   2,0 c   26 Nov 2014 pm V
0413 Written and oral assignments, part D 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

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Bitr professor  Karin Brolin
Docent  Marco Dozza
Doktor  Jonas Bärgman
Professor  Mats Y Svensson


TME201   Vehicle and traffic safety

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

Basic courses in mechanics


The objective of this course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the role of passive and active safety in the context of traffic safety. After this course, the student in their profession as engineers should be able to understand the litterature in the field of active and passive safety, take part in tests of passive and active safety systems, and prove basic knowledge of the complexity of designing active and passive systems.

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

  • Describe various means to reduce traffic related fatalities and injuries

  • Discuss the effect of different car structure design and crash configurations on in-crash load paths in the vehicle and in the occupants

  • Explain means to avoid incompatibility between different road vehicles and road furniture

  • Describe how car restraints and car structure can reduce injury risk

  • Relate the biomechanics of the human body to traffic safety

  • Describe the basics of the explicit finite element method and give examples of how simulations can be used to assess crash safety

  • Design and perform a crash test, filter and analyse data, suggest applicable injury criteria and calculate injury criteria values

  • List the most important sensor principles under consideration for automotive safety applications and to explain their technological advantages and limitations

  • Motivate the scope of active safety in the context of traffic safety

  • Describe the general architecture of state-of-art active safety systems

  • Provide examples of active safety systems on the market and describe their operation and implementation

  • Explain what cooperative systems are and how they can be used to extend the functionalities of state-of-art active safety systems

  • Discuss the importance of human factors in the design of active safety systems

  • Illustrate the tools currently available for evaluating active safety system

  • Content

    The course consists of lectures and a laboratory exercise. The lectures will cover:

  • Accidentology and epidemiology

  • Crash worthiness

  • Compatibility

  • Future vehicle designs

  • Restraint designs

  • Testing

  • Crash test dummy design

  • Injury assessments

  • Infrastructure design

  • Systems for Active Safety

  • Sensors for Integrated Safety

  • Cooperative systems

  • Human factors

  • Active safety evaluation
  • Organisation

    - Lectures
    - Assignments
    - Laboratory assignment


    Handouts of lecture notes as provided on the course homepage.

    Supplementary reading:

    • Ulrich W. Seiffert, Mark Gonter (2014): Integrated Automotive Safety Handbook. SAE International, R-407, ISBN 978-0-7680-6437-7
    • Trauma Biomechanics - Accident Injury in Traffic and Sports; Kai-Uwe Scmitt et al. 2:nd edition or later, ISBN 978-3-540-73872-5


    - Laboratory assignment, A 2 p, pass/fail
    - Individual exam B, 2 p, graded
    - Individual exam C, 2 p, graded
    - Assignment D, 1,5 p, pass/fail

    Page manager Published: Thu 04 Feb 2021.