ECTS credits: 7
Lectures: 3
Exercises: 2

Course objective:

Gaining knowledge of the theory of movement and structure of motor vehicles.

Course contents:

Development of motor vehicles. Categorisation of motor vehicles. Theory of motor vehicle movement. Driving resistance. Power needed to overcome driving resistance. Static and dynamic reactions under the wheels. Vehicle wheels. Vehicle movement equation. Vehicle traction. Vehicle braking. Vehicle deceleration. Determining the braking parameters. Vehicle stability, longitudinal and transverse stability, Kamm's circle of stability, active stability systems (ABS, ASR, ESC). Structure of a chassis. Vehicle transmission: couplings, gears, differentials, universal joints, wheels. Steering system: wheels geometry. Braking system. Suspension. Body and its design. Vehicle comfort and safety.


Competence to analyse the movement of motor vehicles, understanding and evaluation of vehicle structure, assemblies and devices.

Learning outcomes:

Having passed the exam, the student will be able to: 1. Describe the issues of motor vehicle development. 2. Set an equation of vehicle movement.. 3. Individually design the traction feature of a motor vehicle. 4. Individually present the results of a motor vehicle analysis. 5. Describe the structure of a vehicle chassis and body. 6. Describe the operating principle of transmission assemblies, brakes, steering and suspension. 7. Describe active stability systems in vehicles. 8. Apply the acquired knowledge and skills to solve issues related to motor vehicle maintenance. These learning outcomes contribute to the following outcomes of the study programme of motor vehicle maintenance: - Explain the physical parameters of motor vehicle construction. - Analyse the properties and performances of motor vehicles. - Explain the working principles for the assemblies and devices in motor vehicles - Recognise the need for lifelong learning and using broader literature in motor vehicle maintenance.