Course syllabus

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Introduction to Vehicle Systems

MVKF15, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2022/23
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED M
Date of Decision: 2022-04-07

General Information

Elective for: M4-tt
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The objective of the course is to provide a thorough understanding of the processes that occur in road vehicles and the reason why they are designed as they are.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course mainly deals with road vehicles. First a general description of the most common road vehicles such as personal cars and trucks is given. Then the history of road vehicles is presented. Thereafter, a number of definitions regularly used to define road vehicles are explained. The connection between vehicle properties and the requirements from different users and applications are explained. The course also contains an overview of vehicle safety & safety issues and a deeper discussion on the impact on the environment. How to dimension brake and chassis/suspension is taught after which propulsion systems, e.g. engine, transmission and hybrid systems are dealt with in detail. Electrical vehicles will also be discussed. Finally an account is made on contemporary and future vehicles and alternative transport systems.

The course contains lectures, seminars, exercises and two laboratory exercises. In the first key components of a motorcycle, personal car and a truck are identified and compared. In the second a driving cycle will be performed on public roads to simulate the driving cycles in EU performed to certify fuel consumption on passenger cars. By also measuring the g-forces at the same time, an analysis of the vehicle dynamics can be performed as well. Normally an industry representative will give an invited lecture.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination graded with Fail or one of the passing grades 3, 4 or 5 which normally correspond to 40, 60 and 80 % of the maximum number of points respectively. In order to qualify for participation in the written examination all of the mandatory laboratory exercises must have been completed with approved reports.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Dr Martin Tunér,
Examinator: Dr Martin Tunér,
Course coordinator: Sebastian Verhelst,
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