Surrey University Stag


Module code: ENGM267

Module Overview

Fourth year module for Automotive Engineering Master students

Vehicle structures

Starting from the space required for the major vehicle components different vehicle packaging concepts are introduced. Lightweight chassis structures are described and demonstrated with several examples of current vehicles, including aluminium space frame structures and composite monocoque chassis. The influence of the choice of material in terms of chassis stiffness and the design and manufacturing process is discussed.

Vehicle structure analysis

The Simple Structural Surface (SSS) method is described and applied to basic vehicle bodies to analyse structural load paths. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) requirements of lightweight hybrid and electric vehicles are introduced together with relevant analysis methods. Passive safety aspects in terms of crashworthiness and impact resistance are described. Sustainability considerations are explained with life-cycle assessment methodologies.

Product Life Cycle

The concept of product life cycle in automotive engineering will be introduced and the importance of sustainability in vehicle manufacturing will be discussed.


Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

TAVERNINI Davide (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H230

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Tutorial Hours: 9

Laboratory Hours: 2

Captured Content: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Vehicle structures

  • Vehicle packaging requirements, constraints and concepts

  • Lightweight vehicle structures: space frame and monocoque structures

  • Stiffness of structures

  • Life cycle assessment

Vehicle structure analysis

  • Simple structural surface method

  • Fundamental theories of acoustics in automotive applications

  • NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) aspects with particular focus on hybrid and electric vehicles

  • Crashworthiness, impact resistance and safety implications

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 1 30
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 70

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The module will be assessed by two pieces of coursework assignments:


Coursework 1 (30%)

Coursework 2 (70%) 

Module aims

  • An introduction to chassis design requirements and constraints in terms of packaging and structural behaviour, including crashworthiness and NVH aspects
  • An understanding of the basic techniques used for the design of lightweight vehicle structures
  • Provide an insight on the current test standards for crashworthiness of road vehicles and vehicle noise.
  • An introduction to product life cycle and its assessment adopted in the automotive industry.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the requirements and constraints related to lightweight vehicle structures KT M4, M5, M6
002 Apply mathematical and scientific approaches to analyse simple vehicle structures and appreciate the assumptions and limitations inherent in their application C M1, M2, M3, M5, M6
003 Understand fundamental theories in NVH for hybrid and electric vehicles KCT M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6
004 Demonstrate understanding of sustainability principles in the design and manufacture of vehicles KCT M4, M6, M7, M8,
005 Understand fundamental principles on vehicle packaging, vehicle structures and NVH and able to apply the theories to solve practical problems. KCPT M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, M13
006 Able to describe the procedures for vehicle exhaust and drive-by noise tests according to the ISO standards. KP M13
007 Able to describe all the crash tests that required to be conducted on new vehicles. KP M13
008 Demonstrate understanding of product life cycle assessment on automotive engineering KCP M7, M8

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures (in-person)

  • Tutorials (in-person)

  • Computer laboratory (in-person)

  • Captured contents, including Panopto recordings for those live in-person lectures

  • 95 hours independent studies.

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
Automotive Engineering MEng 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2024/5 academic year.