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MEC8024 : Vehicle Dynamics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Francis Franklin
  • Lecturer: Dr Barry Gallacher
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop in the students an ability to apply mechanical principles to a range of drive systems, assemblies and components with particular reference to transport applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

Dynamics of vehicle and drive systems:
•       Recap on forced vibration of 1DoF system with damping applied to engine vibration.
•       Free and forced vibration of 2DoF systems applied to car suspension and/or engine mounts: matrix methods; modal coupling; introduction to Lagrangian method; vibration of continuous systems.
•       Traction in automobile and railway drives: Hertzian contact mechanics; deformation, “grip” and wear in rubber tyres; tyre design, manufacture and disposal.
Assignment on some element of drive technology.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion128:0028:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester Examination.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture108:0080:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study159:0059:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified
- Tutorials provide additional support to the students and further consolidate taught knowledge
- Private study supports the students’ self-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the tutorial questions

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M40Assignment - Maximum 20 hours.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination tests the understanding of material presented in lectures and further reading under time constraint as required in industry.
The assignment tests the ability to apply the principles of engineering science and technological data to an open ended engineering problem.

Reading Lists