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MMF275 - Introduction to automotive engineering
Owner: AUMAS
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0100 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   27 Oct 2006 pm M,  17 Jan 2007 pm V,  31 Aug 2007 am M

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TMASA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - Automotive Engineering, Year 4 (elective)


Bitr professor  Magnus Evertsson


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.


The overall aim of this course is to gain a better understanding of the road vehicle s systems and components from an anatomical point of view, as well as to serve as an introduction to some of the computational tools commonly used in the automotive industry. In addition, the topics of composite materials and group dynamics are introduced.

The goal of this course is to raise the students to the same level of preparedness regardless of their experiences in the past so that they can effectively continue more deeply into their studies.


The major part of the course is an introduction to vehicle design, but there is also some teaching about multicultural group dynamics and value based product development. The course should provide the student with sufficient knowledge to take active part in design and development work within the automotive industry.

The course includes the following contents:

Lectures and labs on the different major subsystems and components in a road vehicle
Guest lectures various areas of the automotive industry
3 assignments
Seminars on value based product development (VBPD)
Seminars on group dynamics
Complementary laboratory work on CAD, FEA, and CFD.

The lectures covers the following topics: powertrain (engine, transmissions and driveline), suspension systems and components, aerodynamics, chassis design and analyses, braking systems, tyres, electronics and control systems, crashworthiness, noise vibration and harshness, ergonomics, etc.

The assignments will allocate a relatively large part of the time for studies for the students. The number of assignments is three (3) and will focus on:

power train
vehicle dynamics
safety and crashworthiness

Value based product development focuses on the value-creation perspective. This is of great importance in all projects within the automotive industry. The Value Model is a working model that provides structure and guidance in defining and implementing a development project. The model is built on the hypothesis that the purpose of a project is to create value for the project s stakeholders. These stakeholders can be roughly divided into three groups:

customers of the project s result, both external and internal
the team and other individuals who have participated in the project
the sponsor and owner who have provided resources for the project.

Consequently, the aim of all development projects is to satisfy the needs and expectations of these stakeholders.

For students that do not have the necessary qualifications in CAD complementary training will be offered.


The course is mainly organized as a lecture based course with three larger assignments. There are also guest lectures on selected topics and seminars on multicultural group dynamics and value based products development.


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.


There is a written exam where some problem solving is tested together with descriptive questions. Completed assignments will be a pre-requisite for the exam.

The course is weighed as follows:

3 cr/60% assignments
2 cr/40% final exam

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