Checking date: 07/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Vehicle Theory
Study: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (221)

Coordinating teacher: GARCIA-POZUELO RAMOS, DANIEL

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Knowledge of calculus, algebra and solving of differential equations. Machine Theory, Mechanics of Structures and Machine Mechanics.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
By the end of this subject, students will be able to have: 1. A systematic understanding of the key aspects and concepts of vehicle dynamics and automobile systems. 2. The ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve automobile engineering problems using established methods. 3. The ability to select and apply relevant analytic and modelling methods in automobile engineering. 4. The ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to develop and realise designs to meet defined and specified requirements in automobile engineering. 5. The ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments, interpret the data and draw conclusions. 6. The ability to combine theory and practice to solve problems in automobile engineering. 7. Function effectively as an individual and as a member of a team.
Description of contents: programme
Lecture 1: Types of vehicle. Vehicle chassis. Centre of gravity calculation. Lecture 2: Mechanical features of tires. Lecture 3: Aerodynamics. Lecture 4: Longitudinal dynamics. Traction. Lecture 5: Transmission system. Lecture 6: Longitudinal dynamics. Braking. Lecture 7: Longitudinal dynamics. Braking systems. Lecture 8: Lateral dynamics. Cornering Lecture 9: Vertical dynamics. Suspension systems. Lecture 10: Lateral dynamics: Rollover. Lecture 11: Hybrid Electric Vehicles.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures will be explained in big groups, exercises for understanding the lectures will be solved and labs will be carried out. Four labs will be carried out: Lab 1: Design and testing of a tubular chassis of a vehicle (I). Lab 2: Tires and vehicle components. Lab 3: Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection (PMVI). Lab 4: Design and testing of a tubular chassis of a vehicle (II).
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • A. Gauchia, D. García-Pozuelo, B. L. Boada, Mª J. L. Boada, E. Olmeda, V. Díaz, J. Fuentes. Automóviles y Ferrocarriles: Problemas Resueltos. UNED. 2014
  • M.J. Nunney.. Light and heavy vehicle technology.. Published by Elsevier..
  • Thomas D. Gillespie.. Fundamentals of vehicle dynamics.. Published by the Society of Automotive Engineers..
  • V. Díaz, E. Olmeda, A. Gauchia, D. García-Pozuelo, B. L. Boada, Mª J. L. Boada, J. Fuentes. Automóviles y Ferrocarriles. UNED. 2013
Additional Bibliography
  • Arias Paz. Manual de Automóviles. CIE INVERSIONES EDITORIALES DOSSAT-2000, S.L.. 2006
  • William F. Milliken and Douglas L. Milliken. Race Car Vehicle Dynamics. SAE. 1995

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.