MECH 1901 Automotive Engineering and Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
This introductory course teaches fundamental technologies in automotive engineering. It is targeted at the general student body and opens to all students of science, engineering, or even business majors. It will cover the major and important aspects of automobile engineering and technologies, including its history, development, and current state. Content wise, it will cover key components of an automobile, i.e., the engine, transmission (both manual and automatic), drive-axle system, suspension system, brake system, control, etc. In addition, it will cover the managerial and operational aspects of modern automobile companies.
There will be little calculation involved in the teaching of this course. Instead, the focus of the course is on teaching the fundamental working principles of an automobile. For example, students will learn why the torque of the engine drops after the engine speed reaches certain level and thus obtain a firm understanding of the physical meaning of the torque vs. RPM graph. However, how exactly this graph is calculated will not be covered. As another example, students will learn why a suspension system usually uses a shock absorber by studying the general spring-mass system; however, they will not be tangled with how to solve the accompanying differential equations.
The course will be taught using the lecture+lab method. Basically, after a new system/component is taught in the lecture, e.g., the internal combustion engine, the students will spend the next three hours in using a CAD software (SolidWorks) to design a simple internal combustion engine and to watch its computer simulation. The "design" will be mostly done using "canned" software modules and tools. In other words, students will not learn how to design; rather, they will go through the design process which will help solidify what they have just learnt in the lecture.
Dr. Kai Tang Dept. of Mech. Engineering; E-mail: email@example.com; Tel: 2358-8656; Room: 2544; Office hours: Any time (just come to see me or email me to set up an appointment time if you like).
Classnote PPT files only (please use the ones in LMES which are of the most recent versions)
Lecture: midterm and final exam (open book, multiple choice format) 60%
Time and place:
Lecture: 9:00 - 10:50, Friday, Room 2464
Lab: Session 1, Thursday 9:00 - 11:50, Room 4225C | Session 2, Tuesday 12:00 - 14:50, Room 4225C
(note: the two lab sessions are identical, you only need to choose one to attend.)
XU, Ke and NI, Feng; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Office hour: Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 and Thursday 12:00 - 13:00; Room 4225C.
PPT files (please use the ones in LMES which are of the most recent versions)
SolidWorks model files
Syllabus and Schedule:
Part One: Introduction to automobiles
Basic scientific principles
Friction, bearing, and others
Part Two: Engine systems
Fundamental of internal combustion engines
Electronic fuel injection fuel system
Carburettor fuel system
Power vs. torque
Part Three: Transmissions
Part Four: Axles and drives
Axles and drives
Part Five: Suspensions
Part Six: Brakes
Part Seven: Steering systems
Part Eight: Review questions