2016 Automotive Comfort Mechanics Engineering A

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Graduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Yamakita Masaki  Hanamura Katsunori  Okuma Masaaki 
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Course description and aims

This course will provide knowledge on automotive engineering relating to electronic control of engines, aerodynamics around body, air conditioning, vibration for safety steering and noise, including control theory, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and mechanical dynamics.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to understand the principles and significant issues of electronic control of engine for reduction of fuel consumption, aerodynamics for drag force reduction, vibration reduction for safety steering and thermal management for reduction of fuel consumption through fundamentals of control theory, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and mechanical dynamics.


Electronic control, Time domain analysis, Frequency domain analysis, Numerical modeling, Drag force reduction, Thermal management, Vibration analysis

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists of lectures and exercises for homework. This course will be transferred from Thailand through Polycom system.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to car mechanics in modern hybrid vehicles Car mechanics in modern hybrid vehicles are studied and motivation to learn car mechanics is given.
Class 2 Modeling method of systems Class of models and how to obtain models are studied.
Class 3 Numerical simulation msing models How to use models for numerical simulations is studied using Matlab.
Class 4 Frequency domain analysis of models How to analyse frequency domain properties of systems is studied.
Class 5 Time domain analysis of models How to analyse time domain properties of systems is studied.
Class 6 Aerodynamics in automobiles Understand aerodynamic characteristics by flow around automobiles
Class 7 Basic equations for analysis of aerodynamics in automobiles Understand derivation of basic equations for analysis of aerodynamics
Class 8 Numerical simulation of drag force and lift force in automobiles Learn the analytical and numerical methods to obtain drag force and lift force in automobiles
Class 9 Air conditioning in automobiles Learn the air conditioning in automobiles
Class 10 Tharmal management in automobiles Understand thermal management in automobiles
Class 11 Overview of mechanical vibration and acoustics technique in Automotive Engineering and Railway Engineering, and fundamental study of mechanical vibration and noise Learn the state of the art and history of this technical field. Review fundamental analysis of single degree of freedom vibratory systems.
Class 12 Simplified modelling technique to analyze fundamental vibration of vehicles for comfortability Learn how to build up simplified models for the analysis of actual vehicles.
Class 13 Numerical simulation technique of vibration analysis for comfortablility Learn how to execute numerical simulation of various types of vibration.
Class 14 Analysis of vibration for maneuverability and safety Learn vibration problem is not only for comfortability but also for manueuverability and safety.
Class 15 Fundamental vibration of engines, and finally achievement test. Learn fundamental vibrations of drive-trains.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Documents for this course will be provided from lecturers.

Assessment criteria and methods

Homework report and examinations held in the 5th, 10th, 15th class.

Related courses

  • EEE.C361 : Linear Control Theorem
  • MEC.E201 : Thermodynamics (Mechanical Engineeirng)
  • MEC.E311 : Heat Transfer
  • MEC.D201 : Mechanical Vibrations

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


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