Course code TraZ4060

Credit points 2

Automobile and Motor Theory II

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Number of hours for laboratory classes8

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation07.02.2017

Responsible UnitInstitute of Engineering and Energetics

Course developers

author prof.

Dainis Berjoza

Dr. sc. ing.

author Inženiertehnikas un enerģētikas institūts

Ruslans Šmigins

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

Fizi2021, Physics I

Fizi2022, Physics II

TraZ4051, Ground Motor Vehicle Construction

TraZ4057, Automobile and Motor Theory I

Course abstract

The aim of the course is to acquire theoretical and practical skills in determination of automobile exploitation parameters. Estimation methods and experiential determination of dynamic of automobile, braking, steerability and stability parameters practice with up-to-day technology possibilities is usable also for practical operations of engineering specialists.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Knowledge - can do practical calculations according to selected knowledge. Students acquire specific knowledge and their critical understanding in relation with automobile application characteristics, their correlations, methods of determination and analysis. Knows the parameters of car trekking, handling and stability, their application and interconnection - test of theory 1.
2. Skills - can apply practically methods of determination of automobile dynamics, braking, stability, steering, traction and consumption of fuel as well as analyse the experimentally obtained results. Can skillfully use different calculation methods for selection and comparison of power vehicles. To be able to experimentally determine the parameters of aotomobile hiking and stability and related calculations - laboratory works.

3. Competence - can evaluate and analyse the automobile exploitation characteristics and select automobiles most suitable to the exploitation conditions that can be substantiated by calculations. Able to perform car performance parameters calculations - homework, task test 1.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Vehicle turning parameters. (2h)
2. Vehicle motion kinematics with non-deformable tires. (2h)
3. The driving forces of the car. (2h)
4. The concept of lateral deviation. Deviation coefficient. (2h)
5. Stabilization of steered wheels. (2h)
6. Movement of the car in turning with deformable wheels. (2h)
7. Motion train kinematics in turn. (2h)
8. Movement of a train in a turn depending on the geometric dimensions. (2h)
9. Impact of operation and constructive factors on vehicle handling and stability. (2h)
10. Vehicle stability and stability. (2h)
11. Longitudinal parameters of the car stability. (2h)
12. Vehicle cross-stability and transverse stability. (2h)
13. Experimental Methods of Determination of turning. (2h)
14. Driveability of the vehicle. (2h)
15. Spring masses. Spring characteristics. (2h)

16. A car as a oscillation system. (2h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Written exam. The examination assignment consists of two theoretical questions and one task.
All tests and homework must be accepted.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation for tests and laboratory works.
2 homework is prepared and submitted in paper format. Accepted are homework with at least 60% of the tasks solved correctly.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The study course is accepted if a mark from 4-10 is obtained in the exam.
If the mark in all tests is 8 or higher, the student can get the accumulative grade in the exam. The rating is the average of tests marks.

Compulsory reading

1. Berjoza D. Automobiļu teorija. Metodiskie norādījumi kursa darba izstrādei, uzdevumi un laboratorijas darbi. Jelgava: LLU 2007. 54 lpp.
2. Berjoza D. Automobiļu teorija. Mācību grāmata. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 200 lpp.
3. Bonnick A. Automotive Science and Mathematics London, Routledge: 2011, 265 p.; ISBN: 978-0-7506-8522-1

4. Karnopp D. Vehicle Stability, California, USA: 2004, 331 p. ISBN: 0-8247-5711-4

Further reading

1. Gerigk P. und andere. Kraftfahrzeugtechnik Tabellenbuch. Deuchland: Westermann, 2007. 465 S.
2. Bonnick A. Automotive Science and Mathematics. Amsterdam ... [etc.]: Elsevier. 2008. 241 p.

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


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