Automotive Engineering I

  • Typ: lecture English spoken
  • Ort:

    thursday, 14:00 - 15:30, Hertz Hörsaal, Building 10.11

    friday, 09:45 - 11:15, Kleiner Hörsaal, Building 10.50


  • Zeit:

    winter semester:

    the first lecture takes place on 26th October 2023

  • Dozent:

    Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Frank Gauterin

    Dr.-Ing. Martin Gießler

  • SWS: 4
  • LVNr.: 2113809
  • Prüfung:

    written exam

    120min (for 8LP - e.g. Mech. Eng. Students, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Informatics, Mathematics); 105min(for 6LP - e.g. Students of Industrial Engineering and Management)

    relevant chapters for the exam

  • Hinweis:

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Learning Objectives

The students know the movements and the forces at the vehicle and are familiar with active and passive safety. They have proper knowledge about operation of engines and alternative drives, the necessary transmission between engine and drive wheels and the power distribution. They have an overview of the components necessary for the drive and have the basic knowledge, to analyse, to evaluate, and to develop the complex system "vehicle".



1. History and future of automobile

2. Driving mechanics

  • Driving resistance and driving performance
  • Mechanics of longitudinal and lateral forces
  • active and passive safety
  • Driver assistance systems and vehicle automation (sensors, optimization methods, ...)

3. Drive systems

  • Combustion engine
  • hybrid and electric drive systems

4. Transmissions

  • Clutches (e.g.friction clutch, visco clutch)
  • transmission (e.g. mechanical transmission, hydraulic fluid transmission)

5. Power transmission and distribution

  • drive shafts
  • cardon joints
  • Differentials


1. Robert Bosch GmbH, Automotive Handbook, 9th Edition, Wiley, Chichester 2015

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

3: Reif K, Fundamentals of Automotive and Engine Technology, Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden 2014

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

5: Gauterin F, Unrau H-J, Gießler M, Gnadler R, Script to the lecture 'Automotive Engineering I', KIT, Institute of Vehicle System Technology, Karlsruhe, annual update

Literature in german language