Module code: ENG2119

Module Overview

Second year module for Automotive Engineering students.


The fundamental concepts determining the performance of internal combustion (IC) engines are explained. The derivation of the governing equations is the starting point for describing the benefits, limits and design targets for downsizing of IC engines. The concept of turbo- and supercharging is introduced together with examples on matching of a turbo/supercharger with an engine. Hybrid and electric powertrains are introduced by describing how electrification of individual components can improve powertrain performance in terms of environmental impact, efficiency and driving characteristics.


The structural requirements of vehicle chassis are introduced with respect to internal and external loads. Fundamental chassis design targets are described and the basic chassis structures and substructures are explained. Following the discussion of road loads, the underlying concepts of semi-active and active suspension systems are introduced and improvements in terms of comfort, ride and handling characteristics, together with limitations are explained. The concepts, aims and limitations of novel chassis control systems are presented.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

TIAN Guohong (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 74

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 22

Captured Content: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG2095 Mechanics of Vehicles and Machines

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Powertrain design

  • Internal combustion engines: performance characteristics and limits, indices and governing equations; IC engine working processes: working substance and fuel, gas exchange process, combustion process and heat transfer, pollutant formation and control

  • Engine downsizing by maximising volumetric efficiency: supercharging and turbo-charging

  • Introduction of advanced engine technologies: variable valve timing, direct injection

  • Hybrid and electric powertrains: concept, components and performance characteristics

Chassis Engineering

  • Fundamentals of vehicle chassis

  • Internal and external chassis loads: driving resistances, transfer of static and dynamic forces and torques from the suspension to the vehicle chassis

  • Semi-active and fully active suspension systems

  • Modern chassis control systems concepts


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of scientific principles, methodologies and mathematics methods as well as the ability to describe particular systems and processes in the final examination. The coursework element allows students to demonstrate that they can interpret a problem, develop design targets, and present and justify a solution clearly and accurately.

Summative assessment

  • Coursework in Powertrain engineering      [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 4]

  • Coursework in Chassis engineering          [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials

  • Written feedback is given on the coursework assessment

Module aims

  • an introduction to the fundamental characteristics of different powertrain and chassis design solutions found in modern and future vehicles;
  • an understanding of the governing equations of internal combustion engine design and the principles of the electrification of the powertrain;
  • an understanding of the loads experienced by chassis structures and possibilities to enhance driving experience (ride and handling) and comfort of a vehicle.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of scientific principles and methodologies relating to the specification of efficient powertrain and chassis design solutions; KP
002 Apply mathematical and scientific models to problems in engine downsizing and appreciate the assumptions and limitations inherant in their application; KC
003 Describe the performance and characteristics of hybrid and electric powertrain systems, suspension systems and chassis control systems; KP
004 Demonstrate understanding of sustainability principles in powertrain and chassis design. KT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

introduce powertrain design and chassis engineering principles through theory with worked examples. This is delivered principally through lectures, tutorial classes and a coursework element involving basic powertrain and chassis design methodologies.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lecture in person

  • Tutorial (in groups)

  • Revision lectures

  • Powertrain coursework submitted on SurreyLearn

  • Chassis coursework submitted on SurreyLearn

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.

Reading list

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Other information


Provide real industry cases and examples; using industrial standard simulation software packages for simulation and authentic assessment that all improve students' employability in relevant industrial areas.

Digital capabilities

Using industrial standard software packages to develop models for the coursework that improve students' digital capabilities.


This module discusses alternative vehicle propulsion options including renewable fuels and electrification, all for the purpose of improving sustainability in the industry. This provides students important concept of sustainability. 

Resourceful and resilience

The open-ended coursework requires a certain degree of research capability which makes the students to become more resourceful and resilient.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mechanical Engineering MEng 2 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 2025/6 academic year.