2020 Automotive Comfort Mechanics Engineering B

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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 and rail engineering relating to electronic control of engines and stability of cars, aerodynamics around body, air conditioning, vibration for safety steering and noise, including control theory, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and mechanical dynamics. This course includes a short-term internship completed in a laboratory at the Thai National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) in the Thai Science Park (TSP).

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, electronic stability control, 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. Simultaneously, students will acquire the ability to communicate with researchers in NSTDA through research activities.


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 a short-term internship in a laboratory at the NSTDA in the Thai Science Park, as well as lectures and exercises for homework. Students should attend an intensive lecture period either from classes 1 to 5, 6 to 10, or 11 to 15. Simultaneously, students will join a laboratory at the NSTDA for research activities.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to car mechanics in modern hybrid vehicles Students study car mechanics in modern hybrid vehicles and are motivated to learn about car mechanics.
Class 2 Modeling method of systems Students study classes of models and how to create a model.
Class 3 Numerical simulation using models Learn how to use models for numerical simulations, using Matlab.
Class 4 Frequency domain analysis of models Learn how to analyse frequency domain properties of systems
Class 5 Time domain analysis of models Learn how to analyse time domain properties of systems.
Class 6 Aerodynamics in automobiles and rail cars Understand aerodynamic characteristics by flow around automobiles and rail cars
Class 7 Basic equations for analysis of aerodynamics in automobiles and rail cars Understand derivation of basic equations for analysis of aerodynamics
Class 8 Numerical simulation of drag force and lift force in automobiles and rail cars Learn the analytical and numerical methods to obtain drag force and lift force in automobiles and rail cars
Class 9 Air conditioning and thermal managemment in automobiles and rail cars Learn the air conditioning and thermal management in automobiles and rail cars
Class 10 Overview of mechanical vibration and acoustics technique in Automotive Engineering and Railway Engineering, and fundamental study of mechanical vibration and noise Learn the current state and history of this technical field. Review fundamental analysis of single degree of freedom vibratory systems.
Class 11 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 12 Numerical simulation technique of vibration analysis for comfort Learn how to execute numerical simulation of various types of vibration.
Class 13 Analysis of vibration for maneuverability and safety Learn vibration problem is not only for comfortability but also for maneuverability and safety.
Class 14 Fundamental vibration of engines, and final 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

The final presentation after internship and homework report and examinations held in the 5th, 10th and 15th day of each intensive lecture course.

Related courses

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

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