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Automotive Engineering I

Automotive Engineering I
Typ: lecture English spoken Links:

Thursday: Geb. 10.11 Hertz-HS

Friday:  Geb. 10.50 Kleiner HS



winter semester:

Thursday: 14:00 - 15:30

Friday: 09:45 - 11:15

Beginn: 20.10.2016

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Frank Gauterin

Dr.-Ing. Martin Gießler

SWS: 4
LVNr.: 2113809

written exam

Aims and topics

The course covers vehicle forces, torques, and dynamics experienced during operation, as well as individual components. It enables students to adequately design vehicles and their components for a safe, efficient, and comfortable operation. Afterwards, longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics are introduced, and the concept of vehicle stability is discussed. This will be followed by the principles of engine operation, transmissions, and power transfer. Additionally, an overview of components needed for power distribution and methods of torque allocation are introduced.


Table of contents

1. Introduction

  • History
  • Vehicle Production

2. Vehicle operation

  • Driving resistance, traction effort and driving power
  • Mechanics of driving forces
  • Mechanics of braking forces
  • Lateral dynamics and stability
  • Passive safety

3. Power generation

  • Combustion engine
  • Alternative drive systems

4. Power transmission

  • Clutches
  • Gear box

5. Power transfer and distribution

  • Shafts
  • Universal joints
  • Differentials


Bosch Automotive Handbook. SAE, Wiley, 2014.

Onori, S. und Serrao, L., Rizzoni, G.: Hybrid Electric Vehicles - Energy Management Strategies. London Heidelberg New York Dordrecht: Springer, 2016.

Reif, K.: Brakes, Brake Control and Driver Assistance Systems: Function, Regulation and Components. Springer Vieweg, 2015.

Reif, K.: Fundamentals of Automotive and Engine Technology. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien, 2014.

Literature in german language