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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Fundamentals of Automotive Systems

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam


The objective of this course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the various systems of a typical automobile.Course Outcomes: At the end of this course, the participant should be able to:1. acquire fundamental knowledge of the various systems of an automobile,2. associate the functions of each system with its design and layout, depict the various systems using simple schematics, and apply concepts learnt in core undergraduate courses to synthesize mathematical models of the various systems.INTENDED AUDIENCE: 3rd/4th year undergraduate and 1st year M.Tech./M.S./Ph.D. studentsPRE REQUISITES: Rigid Body Dynamics (done in 1st year BE), Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics


Week 1 : Course Overview, Classification of Internal Combustion Engines, Engine Components, Operation of Four Stroke Engines
Week 2 : Two Stroke Engines, Engine Cycles
Week 3 :Engine Performance, Supercharging, Combustion in Spark IgnitionEngines
Week 4 :Combustion in Compression Ignition Engines, Carburetion, FuelIntroduction Systems
Week 5 : Engine Emissions, Emission Control Systems, Automotive Powertrain
Week 6 : Automotive Clutch, Transmission, Powertrain Analysis
Week 7 : Transmission Matching and Introduction to Brake System
Week 8 : Components of Brake System, Hydraulic Brake
Week 9 : Air Brake, Antilock Brake System
Week 10 :Braking Analysis, Introduction to Steering System, Manual SteeringSystem
Week 11 :Power Steering System, Wheel Alignment, Introduction to SuspensionSystem
Week 12 :Components of Suspension System, Dependent and IndependentSuspension, Introduction to Electric and Hybrid Powertrain, Tyres.

Taught by

Prof. C. S. Shankar Ram


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