Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Motor vehicle design
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Biomedical Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Vigliani Alessandro ORARIO RICEVIMENTO AC ING-IND/13 48 6 6 0 5
SSD CFU Activities Area context
D - A scelta dello studente
D - A scelta dello studente
A scelta dello studente
A scelta dello studente
Subject fundamentals
The subject is addressed at providing the basic knowledge concerning vehicle dynamics regarding the main performance in terms of speed, acceleration, handling and comfort.
It presents the main subsystems of the chassis (tyres and wheels, suspension, brakes, steering and transmission), focusing on functions, most common structure and solutions and introducing some methods of analysis.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge related to the longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics and behaviour of the basic components, including tyres, brakes, suspensions, steering and transmission.
Ability to analyse and simulate the main performances of a motor vehicle.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
It is assumed that students taking this subject -module already have knowledge and understanding of analytical and applied mechanics, technical drawing and of fundamental of differential and integral calculus.
Tyre mechanics (9 h)
Vehicle longitudinal dynamics (18 h)
Vehicle lateral dynamics 3 dof (9 h)
Suspensions (6 h)
Transmissions (15 h)
Hybrid vehicles (3 h.)
Delivery modes
Credits 6: 60 classroom hours (48 lecture hours, 6 tutorial hours and 6 computer lab).
Theoretical lectures are supported by examples and applications. During specific tutorials, students are required to apply knowledge to working context problems. The tutor will provide materials and frames for solutions. However, students are asked to interact with the tutor, especially when setting the solution. The tutor will assist students during the tutorial class hours, supporting students in their learning progression and clarifying their doubts.
Attendance to both lectures and tutorials is strongly recommended, being vital to achieve the expected learning outcomes. Neither intermediate formal checks of the learning process nor reports on projects are programmed. The teacher and the tutor are available weekly during the teaching period in order to meet students for consultation; please contact them by e-mail.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Suggested readings:
Genta, Motor vehicle dynamics, World Scientific, Singapore.
Milliken, Race car vehicle dynamics, SAE International
GIllespie, Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics, SAE

Lectures notes on specific topics, exercises and other material are available on the subject page.
Tutorials: texts of problems and Matlab/Simscape codes are provided on the course website before the lectures.
Assessment and grading criteria
Written only test consisting in theoretical questions dealing with the course program, in particular vehicle dynamic behaviour and the main parameters affecting it.
Grade is proportional to the correctness and completeness of the answers to the proposed problems and questions.

Achieved learning outcomes will be assessed by means of a final exam. This is based on an analytical assessment of student achievement of the "expected learning outcomes" described above.
In order to properly assess such achievement, the examination consists of a written only test, duration 1 h 30 min, closed book, composed of three questions related to the subject topics.
The exam aims at evaluating the ability of the students to model the dynamic behavior of mechanical systems, starting from the model definition and ending with the system analysis.
In particular, the test assesses the ability to apply knowledge, communication skills and ability to use tools and method taught in the lectures. The maximum obtainable mark is 30/30 with merit (cum laude). During the semester, students are given an example of the final test, with discussion of the solution and hints on common errors and evaluation criteria.
A few days after the written test, students are summoned for a review of the written output, in which examiners inform the student on grading criteria, and receive any student appeal supported by appropriate explanations.
Further details on exam rules are given on the official subject website.

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

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