Module Title:   Automotive Technology

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG1039M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Materials and Medical (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Mr JD Philby

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr B Mason

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To introduce motor vehicle technology.
To provide an understanding of vehicle engine, drive, suspension, body and electrical systems, and to develop the basic theory and the required mathematics associated with the components of these systems.
To introduce the basic legislational and environmental context of vehicle design and operation.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The basic subject matter is introduced by lectures, using hardware examples and video case studies. Technical knowledge is consolidated by hands-on project work based on the construction of a motor vehicle. Supplementary assessment is to repair deficiency in original submission.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   62.50           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   12.00          Formal Exams:   1.50          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1 Describe the design and operation of the motor vehicle and its major components.
1.2 Use of basic design calculation methods in motor vehicle design.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Identify the constituent parts of a motor vehicle and explain their purpose and function.
2.2 Make measurements and analyse how vehicle systems work.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3.1 Better manage, present and interpret data using improved IT skills.
3.2 Solve problems systematically.
3.3 Exhibit better communication, teamwork, leadership and personal management skills.

  Coursework   50%
  Worksheets on automotive technology (up to 10) and engine test report (1 page)
  Coursework   50%
  Class room tests: Two one hour tests
  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%
  Supplementary assessment - to cover all aspects of the course.

Outline Syllabus:
Introduction: fundamentals of Automotive Technology: history of motor vehicles; vehicle design considerations; functional requirements; product liability, safety & occupant protection; standard vehicle configurations; Environmental issues in the automotive context; legislation & regulations relating to vehicle construction & safety.Vehicle body & chassis layout (including seat/belt locations); suspension, road wheels & tyres: suspension systems & how they impact on design; steering systems, including power assisted steering.Brake systems: drum, disc, hydraulics, ABS; powertrain components: clutch, gearbox, propeller shaft, CV joints, final drive, four-wheel drive; forces opposing movement: rolling, aerodynamic, gravity; engines: basic design & operation, petrol & diesel, power & torque output, operating characteristics, air, fuel & oil consumption, cooling systems, intake & exhaust systems; electrical systems: batteries, generators/alternators, starter motors, lighting, instrumentation, powered systems; battery electric vehicles, DC & AC electric motors, storage types such as batteries, capacitors & electromechanical storage (fly-wheels); hybrid electric vehicles: various structures of hybrid electric vehicles & their components; fuel cell electric vehicles; system layout & basic principles of fuel cells.Wheel orientation, suspension & steering: suspension design; examples of suspensions & components; steering systems.Tyres: contact patch; coefficient of adhesion; road surface effects; traction forces; traction-limited gradeability.

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