Course detail

Aventics Pneumobil Racing

FSI-0ZPAcad. year: 2017/2018

Lectures and excercises will be divided into separate learning blocks dedicated to individual aspects of racing car design. Students will familiarize with a pneumatic circuit, and its components supported by an experienced lecturrs and technicians. Students will acquire a practical experience with PLC systems, CAD systems and FEA simulation. Theoretical knowledge will be supported by series of experiments and testing drives on the pneumatic vehicle.
Students will have the opportunity to test and put their theoretical knowledge in practice. Special focus will be given to effectivity of design, innovative solutions and teamwork. The course will be concluded by a race between two student teams.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will acquire the design of pneumatic circuit, propper choice of components and their control, engineering design of vehicle chassis and familiarize with other technical parts of racing pneumobile and principles of its design. The complexity of the subject leads to an overall widening of the horizons in design practice.


Fundamental knowledge of drawing documentation, machine design and CAD modelling.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

VLK, František. Podvozky motorových vozidel. 3. přeprac., rozš., aktualiz. vyd. Brno: Prof.Ing.František Vlk, DrSc, 2006, 464 s. : il. ISBN 80-239-6464-X. (CS)
I. L. Krivts: Pneumatic Actuating Systems for Automatic Equipment: Structure and Design, CRC Press, 2006, p. 368, ISBN-10:0849329647 (EN)
SHIGLEY, Joseph E., Charles R. MISCHKE a Richard G. BUDYNAS. Konstruování strojních součástí. 1. vyd. Editor Martin Hartl, Miloš Vlk. Brno: VUTIUM, 2010, 1159 s. ISBN 978-80-214-2629-0. (CS)
VLK, František. Zkoušení a diagnostika motorových vozidel: výkon vozidla, brzdné vlastnosti, převodová ústrojí, řízení, geometrie kol, tlumiče a pružiny, řiditelnost a ovladatelnost, životnostní zkoušky, motor, zapalování, elektronické systémy. 2. vyd. Brno: Prof. Ing. František Vlk, DrSc, 2005, 576 s. : il. ISBN 80-239-3717-0. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of chosen topics. Laboratory exercises are focused on practical topics presented on the example of pneumatic vehicle.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit is awarded on the following conditions: - active participation in the seminars, achievement of assigned tasks in laboratory exercises carried out on the vehicle.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective of the course is to make students familiar with the development process on the example of the student racing car with pneumatic drive. The course provides basic theoretical and practical knowledge to design a racing pneumobile, especially pneumatic circuits, its control and diagnostics, design of chasis and steering of the vehicle. Students will gain a good basis for design of a new racing pneumobile in further masters studies at the Institute of machine and industrial design.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at practicals is required. Absence at two seminars is allowed. Longer absence may be compensated for by special tasks according to instructions of the tutor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BO1-P Bachelor's

    branch B-OBN , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective (voluntary)

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-STI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective (voluntary)
    branch B-STI , 3. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective (voluntary)

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-KSI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective (voluntary)

Type of course unit



13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Basic information about international competition Pneumobil Aventics Racing, introduction of the workplace, structure of course and Safety at Work.
2. Basic pneumatic components used in racing vehicle, basic physical principles.
3. Pneumatic schemas, design of pneumatic circuits.
4. Design of pneumatic components, pneumatic accumulators, control valves, safety valves, pneumatic cylinders.
5. CAD modelling of components, sheetmetal parts, drawings
6. Structure of assemblies, CAD modelling of assemblies, constraints.
7. Basics of stress-strain analysis of frame structures.
8. PLC control of pneumatic components.
9. Design of PLC program.
10. Wheels, tires, vehicle suspension, steering of vehicles.
11. Drive of pneumobile, gearbox, shifting, synchronization.
12. Diagnostics of pneumatic system, sensors, measurement circuit, evaluation of results.
13. Student’s competition.

labs and studios

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Familiarization with pneumobile vehicle, test drives.
2. Analysis of pneumatic circuit of pneumobile.
3. Drawing of pneumatic scheme and its verification.
4. Design and simulation of pneumatic circuit.
5. CAD modelling of basic components of vehicle chasis
6. CAD modelling of vehicle assembly and frame structure.
7. Stress-strain analysis of designed frame structure.
8. PLC control of pneumatic components.
9. Design of PLC program.
10. Testing of vehicle at simple track.
11. Practical demonstration of drive systems, analysis of actual control system.
12. Diagnostics of pneumatic system - online sensing of pressure, velocity and temperature.
13. Application and verification of students knowledge in competition.