Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Automotive evolution
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Automotive Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Telecommunications Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Genta Giancarlo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     54 6 0 0 6
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/14 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
Subject fundamentals
The course is an introduction to the wide knowledge dealing about the vehicle, its specifications, performances, market diffusion, social-economical implications and finally its evolution linked to the technological developments.
The course deals the knowledge of the vehicle system, of its components, and of the driving criteria necessary for the proper design of a vehicle and for a proper installation of the components.
The course will provide students with the basic notions and general information, which will prove useful during the following courses. In the subsequent years and according to the selected study plan, many items will be more deeply investigated.
Expected learning outcomes
The expected learning outcome is the knowledge about the following items:
the motor vehicle diffusion
the main economic aspects related to the automotive industry
the main regulations about the environmental and the safety aspects
the main components of a vehicle (body, chassis, engines and transmissions), their evolution along the years and their operations.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Basic notions of mathematic, physics and chemistry are required. These notions are normally provided within the high-school programs.
After brief historical notes about the birth and the development up to today of the car industry, the subsequent chapters exposes a summary of aspects relating to the car diffusion in the world, the socio-economic impacts and issues related to safety and environment. Subsequently, the different lectures illustrate the operation and the features of the main components (body, chassis, engines and transmissions) of the vehicles. At the end, further lectures deal with the materials and the technologies used for the vehicle manufacturing. Innovative solutions are also described with specific reference to the alternative power-train development.
More in detail, the programme of the course is organized in the following topics:
1 Overview of manufacturers and motor vehicle diffusion
2 Environmental and safety
3 Vehicle body history
4 Vehicle body
5 Chassis history
6 Chassis
7 Engine history
8 Engine
9 Drive train
10 Alternative drive system
11 Materials and technologies for manufacturing
Delivery modes
The course is organized in frontal lectures. A visit to the National Automobile Museum of Turin (MAUTO) is planned at the end of the course.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The reference book of the course is "The Motor Car Past, Present and Future" written by G. Genta, L. Morello, F. Cavallino, F. Filtri and edited by Springer.
The material used during the lectures (mainly the presentations) are supplied to the students, through the Politecnico website. When it is not possible, the topics discussed during the lecturers can be found on the reference book.
Assessment and grading criteria
The examination is a written test composed of 5 (five) open questions. The score of each question is 6 (six) points. The final score of the test is the sum of the scores of each question. Consequently, the maximum score of the exam is 30 (thirty). The minimum score to pass the exam is 18 (eighteen). The questions of the test cover all the topics of the course. The duration of the test is 2 (two) hours. No materials like books, class notes, handouts, forms, can be used during the examination.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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