Course Syllabus for

Introduction to Vehicle Systems
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MVKF15F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2013
Decided by: FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2013-03-22

General Information

Division: Energy Sciences
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: MVKF15
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


The objective of the course is to provide a thorough understanding of the processes that occur in road vehicles and the reason why they are designed as they are.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course mainly deals with road vehicles. First a general description of the most common road vehicles such as personal cars and trucks is given. Then the history of road vehicles is presented. Thereafter, a number of definitions regularly used to define road vehicles are explained. The connection between vehicle properties and the requirements from different users and applications are explained. The course also contains an overview of vehicle safety & safety issues and a deeper discussion on the impact on the environment. How to dimension brake and chassis/suspension is taught after which propulsion systems, e.g. engine, transmission and hybrid systems are dealt with in detail. Electrical vehicles will also be discussed. Finally an account is made on contemporary and future vehicles and alternative transport systems. The course contains lectures, seminars, exercises and laboratory exercises. Normally an industry representative will give an invited lecture.

Course Literature

Happian-Smith, J.: An Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design. 2004.
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Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, exercises, project, study visit

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report, written assignments
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: None

Course Occasion Information

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