KB6001 - Vehicle Dynamics

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What will I learn on this module?

You will be familiarised with the aspects of automotive vehicle dynamics and their use and would develop the skills needed to investigate and improve performance. Physical understanding of automotive vehicle dynamics, including simple lateral, longitudinal and ride quality models will be acquired. An overview of active safety systems will be introduced including the basic concepts and terminology, the state-of-the-art development, and basic principles of systems such as ABS, traction control, dynamic stability control, and roll stability control. This module also reviews and shows the application of the techniques of vibration monitoring that are available to the modern engineer.

How will I learn on this module?

You will acquire knowledge in vehicle dynamics, including vehicle vibrations and suspensions. The module will cover vehicle dynamic subsystems such as: Tire, Steering, Mechanisms, Suspensions, Gearbox, Engine and Clutch. The module will allow you to develop analytical and computer skills that will enable you to analyse and design two-and three-dimensional vehicle components and entire working assemblies, and perform kinematic and dynamic analysis and simulations of dynamic systems used in vehicles. You will learn how to use simulation software to analyse and optimise the dynamics of the vehicle subsystems as well as the use of three dimensional computer aided design (3D CAD) software for solid modelling.

The module will be delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, and directed and independent learning. The lectures will cover relevant principles and theories in analysing and optimising vehicle dynamics. A number of laboratory sessions will be used to enhance active learning experience. Assessment consists of laboratory sessions, an assignment and an examination. The assignment will be an individual written report. Exam feedback will be provided individually and also generically to indicate where you have a strong or a weaker answer to examination questions. Formative feedback will be provided in the lectures on problem solving tasks and throughout the seminars and laboratories.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In addition to direct contact with the module team during lectures, seminars and laboratories, you are encouraged to develop your curiosity by carry out your own independent learning and discussing this with the module team either via email or the open door approach operated throughout the programme. You will also be regularly guided to supporting resources including relevant texts, software downloads and relevant multimedia materials. References to these resources will be made available through the e-learning portal and in lectures and seminars.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Demonstrate a conceptual understanding and mathematically characterize linear and nonlinear behaviour in a vehicle.
MLO2 Demonstrate a systematic understanding and a theoretical model for vehicle lateral and longitudinal dynamics, as well as vehicle ride behaviour.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Apply the methods and techniques to analyse the dynamics of vehicle subsystems and provide fundamental recommendation to design and improve the function of the subsystems.
MLO4 Deploy accurately the fundamental simulation techniques to analyse vehicle dynamic behaviour including validation.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data in characterizing the vehicle systems and how automated subsystems such as ABS, rear-wheel steering, and active suspension will change vehicle performance and vehicle/roadway interaction.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
• You will be formatively assessed on all learning outcomes during problem-solving seminars using scenarios set by the module tutor. You may be asked to complete these tasks either as an individual or in a module tutor assigned group. You will receive feedback from the module tutor to enhance your learning to aid your understanding of the subject. The problem-solving seminars will also be used to facilitate group discussion and debate to support your professional interaction with your peers.

Summative Assessments
You will be summatively assessed by Coursework and Examination.

1. Coursework. You will complete and submit a single piece of individual coursework based on a modelling, simulation, and optimization of vehicle dynamics task set by the module tutor. You will use relevant software provided by the University to complete your coursework. Your coursework will be used to assess your ability to satisfy MLOs 2, 3, and 4. You will receive individual feedback with marks and comments for each task and sub-task that you complete.
2. Examination. You will sit a closed book examination that will only have compulsory questions. The examination will assess your ability to satisfy MLOs 2, 3, and 5. You will receive feedback with marks and comments on the questions you have answered.


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Module abstract

This module discusses the main technologies and their future trends concerning the vehicle dynamics. The topics will cover vehicle dynamics subsystems such as Tire, Steering mechanisms and Suspensions. The module is intended to relate and develop your knowledge and understanding of fundamental engineering principles and theory to the field of vehicle dynamics. You will learn about advanced research methods for the experimental validation and modelling of vehicle dynamics systems and then apply those methods to evaluate the performance and efficiency of a representative dynamic system through the use of the Automotive Engineering laboratory facilities and through the use of industry-standard software. By combining the lectures and laboratory sessions in practical powertrain development you will have a chance to extend your knowledge and perspectives.

Course info

UCAS Code H3M9

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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