MECH ENG 4110 - Automotive Vehicle Dynamics & Safety
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 4110 Course Automotive Vehicle Dynamics & Safety Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4.5 hours per week Incompatible MECH ENG 4044 Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 3028 Course Description This course will educate students in automotive vehicle dynamics and safety. The course will cover the dynamics of vehicles on the road during normal operation as well as during impact and other crash scenarios. Specific topics include vehicle handling, stability and control, tyre dynamics, suspension design, braking performance, automotive safety, impact dynamics, road safety engineering and safety regulations.
Course Coordinator: Dr Con Doolan
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students should:
1 Be familiar with the terminology of road vehicle dynamics, stability and handling. 2 Be able to analyse the dynamics of road vehicles. 3 Understand the principles of impact phenomena and the measurement of impacts. 4 Understand the techniques used to engineer safety in to vehicles. 5 Understand the effects of impact on the human body. 6 Understand the regulation of vehicle safety. 7 Understand automotive safety in the broader context of transportation safety. 8 Understand the evaluation of vehicle safety using crash data
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-9 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,5,6,9 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,5,8,9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,5,6,9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-9 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-9 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8
Notes that are provided in class and on myUni are ESSENTIAL!
Milliken, W. and Milliken, D., Race Car Vehicle Dynamics, Society of Automotive Engineers, Warrendale, PA, 1995.
- Gillespie, T., Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics, Society of Automotive Engineers, Warrendale, PA, 1992.
- Dixon, J. C., Tires, Suspension and Handling, Society of Automotive Engineers, Warrendale, PA, 1996.
- Kiencke, U. and Nielsen, L., Automotive Control Systems, Springer, Berlin, 2nd ed., 2005.
- Huang, M 2002 “Vehicle crash mechanics” CRC Press, SAE international.
- Holt, DJ 2005, “100 years of vehicle safety developments”, SAE international
- Evans, L 2004 “Traffic Safety”, Science Serving Society
- Nahum and Melvin 1993, “Accidental injury: biomechanics and prevention”
- The CASR library will be available to students to do extra reading and research.
This course will make heavy use of the resources placed on myUni by the Instructors. Please make sure you check the course myUni page at least weekly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Lectures supported by tutorials and workshops in the CATSuite.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
In addition to the lectures and tutorials, you are expected to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week studying for this course.
Learning Activities Summary
Vehicle DynamicsL1: Review of background theory/ Familiarisation with automotive systemsL2: Vehicle dynamics axis systems/Vehicle lumped mass modelsL3: Dynamic axle loadsL4: Power requirementsL5: Familiarisation with power train componentsL6: Acceleration performanceL7: DrivelinesL8: TyresL9: Steady-state vehicle dynamicsL10: Transient vehicle dynamicsL11: Familiarisation with suspension components
Automotive SafetyL1: Introduction to automotive and traffic safetyL2: Crash testing and crash safety regulationsL3/4: Loss of control and active vehicle safetyL5: Momentum and energy analysisL6: Crash pulse characterisationL7: Restrained occupant analysisL8: Analytical model of a restrained occupantL9/10: CASR impact laboratory visit and discussionL11/12: Summary/Revision
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Written Exam 70%
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Students must achieve a mark greater than 49% to pass.
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