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Module Title LM Advanced Vehicle Engineering
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Mechanical Engineering
Module Code 04 33362
Module Lead Quan Zhou
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Project supervision-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The aim of the module is to assess aspects of vehicle chassis design with particular emphasis on body structure design, giving consideration to external styling, packaging, vehicle interior design and vehicle safety.

It will provide the student with a basic understanding of the dynamics of vehicle systems affecting vehicle handling, leading to the development and application of analytical models and commercial software tools, and to the design of vehicle systems


Chassis design and packaging:

  • Vehicle body styling and aerodynamics
  • Packaging trends – common platform for different body styles
  • Power unit configurations
  • Ergonomics, seating and Instrument panels
  • Vehicle safety systems – safety under impact,occupant protection/restraint, legislation etc.
  • Body trim and fittings, electrical & electronic controls
  • Packaging for weight distribution and dynamic stability

Analysis of vehicle handling:
  • Vehicle handling models
  • Steady state response
  • Transient response to steering inputs
  • Vehicle stability and design considerations
  • Application of commercial tools: MATLAB, SIMULINK, CARSIM etc.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the overall procedure for designing, manufacturing and testing of vehicles.
  • Demonstrate a wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the human element involved in vehicle design including anthropometric data and vehicle safety standards.
  • Demonstrate a wide knowledge of and critically evaluate current chassis designs, suspension systems and wheels/tyres and how they affect vehicle performance and handling.
  • Demonstrate a wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of powertrain requirements including current and future trends in vehicle design.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and critically evaluate current and future requirements for automation of vehicle systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of validation and verification procedures for development of vehicles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the use of computer software in the vehicle design process.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the various aspects of car design relate to each other. i.e. human, powertrain, chassis, testing program.
Assessment 33362-01 : Module Mark : Mixed (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:

100% continuous assessment, comprising of a group project
(20%) presentation,
(80%) report


Module needs to be repeated in full in the next available session.
Other None
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