Module code: ENG3170

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to vehicle dynamics and vehicle systems design, with particular reference to braking systems and suspension systems

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

SORNIOTTI Aldo (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Tutorial Hours: 11

Captured Content: 33

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG2095 Mechanics of Vehicles and Machines

Module content

  • Indicative content includes:

    Tyre dynamics

    • Concepts of tyre slip and longitudinal and lateral forces

    • Tyre friction ellipse

    • Tyre relaxation length

    • Tyre rolling resistance

    • Magic formula tyre model

    Vehicle dynamics

    • Concepts of stability in braking and ideal brake distribution

    • Vehicle cornering response

    • Effect of the suspension system design on the cornering stiffness distribution and vehicle understeer/oversteer

    Vehicle systems design

    • Selection of braking systems components in order to meet regulations

    Modern powertrains

    • Hybrid electric vehicle layouts

    • Fully electric vehicle layouts

    • Brake regeneration

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of scientific principles, methodologies and mathematical methods as well as the ability to describe particular systems and processes. The pieces of coursework test analytical and simulation skills, report writing as well as critical analysis capability of design solutions found in industry.

 The summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework, focused on learning outcomes 1 and 6  

  • Final assignment, focused on learning outcomes 2, 3, 4 and 5

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials and Q&A sessions

  • Written feedback is given on the coursework assessments

Module aims

  • A systematic understanding and critical awareness of the importance of individual components and systems of modern road vehicles
  • A knowledge of the design methods of vehicle cornering response
  • An understanding of the energy efficiency characteristics and constraints of modern hybrid electric and fully electric powertrain solutions
  • A knowledge of basic calculation techniques relating to vehicle dynamics

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe and analyse fundamental characteristics of tyres and their relation to vehicle dynamics KT C1, C13
002 Simulate and evaluate longitudinal vehicle dynamics KCP C1, C2, C3, C13
003 Select the size of the main components of a braking system in order to meet the regulations and customers' expectations CP C3, C5, C15
004 Understand, describe and quantify the benefits of brake energy regeneration KC C1, C2, C3, C7
005 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of commercial, economic and social context of different powertrain layouts KP C5, C6, C7, C15
006 Simulate and evaluate lateral vehicle dynamics KCP C1, C2, C3, C13

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy introduces the design and analysis principles of vehicles through theory with worked examples. This is delivered principally through lectures and tutorial classes, and includes two independently conducted pieces of coursework involving case studies of vehicle design.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 3 hours of pre-recorded sessions per week x 11 weeks

  • 1-hour lecture per week x 11 weeks

  • 1-hour tutorial per week x 11 weeks

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Mechanical Engineering MEng 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Automotive Engineering MEng 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.