Course code TraZ4005

Credit points 2

Automobile and Environment

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation07.02.2017

Responsible UnitInstitute of Engineering and Energetics

Course developer

author prof.

Dainis Berjoza

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

TraZ4051, Ground Motor Vehicle Construction

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to acquire practically available acquirements in spheres connected with changes of constructions of automobiles for saving of environment, technology of measurements of exhaust gases, methodic of experiment for certification process of automobiles and development of production of perspective automobiles. Knowledge is usable for engineering work.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Knowledge - the students can show specific knowledge in automobile influence on the surrounding environment and know the possibilities of reduction or prevention of the influence; they know the newest automobile constructive elements for keeping the current standards. Knows the basic automotive influencing factors to the environment, the possibilities of reducing environmental pollution - Test 1.
2. Skills - the students can qualitatively apply the theoretical knowledge in solving of engineering problems in their practical work, apply scientifically founded approach, and find creative solutions in relation to environment protection and automobile influence on it. Knowledge of automotive design solutions that protect the environment - Test 2.

3. Competence - the students can independently find, select and analyse data and parameters in relation to negative influence of automobiles on environment, know and can choose appropriate measuring and calculation methods for evaluation of fume, noise and utilisation parameters or influence. Know the methods of calculating the performance parameters of the car- course work. Able to perform calculation of car emissions, perform various exhaust measurements with modern equipment - laboratory works.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Car and environmental pollution. Air pollution with engine exhaust. (2h)
2. Pollution of the environment with fuels and oils. (2h)
3. Pollution from road maintenance in winter. (2h)
4. Car service companies and the surrounding environment. Car washing, painting influence to environment. (2h)
5. Contamination of the environment by vehicle disposal. (2h)
6. Circular economy of car production. (2h)
7. Effects of automotive engine exhaust on the environment and human. Influence of car on fauna. (2h)
8. Causes and processes of toxic components of engine exhaust. Carbon monoxide production process. (2h)
9. Causes and processes of CnHm hydrocarbons generations. Causes and processes of NOx generation. (2h)
10. Regularities of engine exhaust component variation depending on the coefficient λ. (2h)
11. Methods for the detection of toxic components of automotive engine exhaust. (2h)
12. Equipment used in EU car certification. (2h)
13. Car certification procedure and EU requirements for toxic components of exhaust gases. (2h)
14. Vehicle driving cycles, their use. (2h)
15. Engine operating mode and construction impact on exhaust gas composition. Technologies for reducing engine exhaust emissions. (2h)

16. Vehicle noise impact on human. Noise reduction methods. (2h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Overall test without a grade.
Laboratory works created and defended, tests - written.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation for tests and laboratory works. Preparation of laboratory reports

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The study course could be counted if all previously mentioned requirements are realized.
Student can get a successful mark for test if at least 50% of the questions are answered correctly.

Compulsory reading

1. Krick R. Modern automotive technology. The Goodheart-Willcox Co., 2003.
2. Ortmann R. and others. Emission – control technology for gasoline engines. 4th edition, Robert Bosch GmbH, 2003. 96 p.
3. Raatz T. and others. Emissions-control Technology for Diesel Engines. 1st edition. Robert Bosch GmbH, 2005. 133 p.

4. Oder M. and others. Gasoline – engine management Basic and components. 1st edition. Robert Bosch GmbH, 2001. 87 p.

Further reading

1. Diesel Particulate Emissions: Landmark Research 1994-2001. Edited by John H. Johnson. Society of Automotive Engineers. USA, 2002. 628 p.
2. Gasoline-Engine Management. 3rd edition. Plochingen: Robert Bosch GmbH, Bentley Publisher, 2006. 358 p.

3. Automotive Handbook. 7th edition. Plochingen: Robert Bosch GmbH, Bently publishers, 2007. 1196 p.


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