Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course MVKP55F valid from Autumn 2023

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  • The objective of the course is to provide broad knowledge and fundamental skills within the field of road vehicles, their function and why they are designed as they are.
  • The course deals with road vehicles, such as cars, trucks and buses. First a general description of road vehicles and relevant definitions is given. The historical development is presented. The connection between vehicle properties and the requirements from different users and applications is explained. The course also contains an overview of vehicle safety and environmental issues. The application of fundamental principles, concepts and equations to grip, kinematics and vehicle dynamics through the systems of tyres, suspension, chassis and bodywork; aerodynamics and ergonomics; conventional, electrical and hybrid powertrains, transmissions, drivetrains and braking systems is taught and practically investigated. Autonomous drive and use of augmented reality is presented and demonstrated.
    The course contains lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises and projects. Company visits, lectures from industry experts and interaction with the formula student project are all part of the course.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to explain the design and functions of the main components of modern road vehicles.
    be able to describe the relation between the application and the design of road vehicles and between the user and the vehicle, as well as the vehicle’s impact on the environment.
    be able to explain on a conceptual level tyre grip, vehicle road-holding & comfort (over/under-steer/bounce/pitch and yaw), crash-dynamics, aerodynamic stability, propulsion & braking performance.
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to judge and estimate on a conceptual level the impact on vehicle road-holding & comfort (grip/over/under-steer/bounce/pitch/yaw/vibration), crash-dynamics, aerodynamic stability, propulsion and braking performance due to fundamental vehicle design choices.
    be able to analyse, select and design tyres, propulsion systems (engine & transmission), brake systems, spring/damper systems for a given vehicle application, road conditions and driving conditions.
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to communicate verbally and in writing with the teachers of the course as well as with the student peers, on relevant matter for the subjects of the course.
    be able to demonstrate written communication skills that are well-structured, learning-oriented and illustrative (applicable reports and other written examination).
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Exercises
  • Project
  • Study visit
Examination Formats
  • Written exam
  • Written report
  • Written assignments
  • In order to qualify for participation in the written examination all of the mandatory exercises and project must have been completed.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • Verhelst, S.: Automotive Technology.
Further Information
Course code
  • MVKP55F
Administrative Information
  • 2023-01-18
  • Anders Gustafsson, FUN

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

1 course occasion.

Start Date End Date Published
2023‑08‑28 2023‑10‑29 2023‑06‑26

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