Course detail

Theory of Vehicles

ÚSI-EDTEVAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course will acquaint the students with the basic theoretical findings, oriented to vehicle dynamic. The core of the subject is to understand relations between applied forces and vehicle motion. On the basis of this knowledge it will be possible to get understanding of the function of vehicle systems, and to create relations between vehicle construction and dynamic characteristics.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students will learn to apply basic principles of mechanics (dynamics) on tasks related to vehicle dynamics:
- to evaluate and to predict acceleration performance of vehicles
- to evaluate and to predict stopping distance of vehicles
- to evaluate and to predict braking stability of vehicles
- to understand the problems of anti-lock braking systems
- to understand the directional characteristics of tires
- to evaluate and to predict low and high speed cornering of vehicles


Basic knowledge of mathematics and technical mechanics, kinematics, dynamics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Gillespie,T.D. Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics, Society of Automotive Engineers, Warrendale, PA, 1992. ISBN 1-56091-199-9. (CS)
Vlk, F. Dynamika motorových vozidel. 2. vyd. Nakladatelství a zasilatelství vlk, Brno 2003, ISBN 80-239-0024-2 (CS)
ABE, Masato. Vehicle Handling Dynamics: Theory and Application. Second edition. Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2015. ISBN 978-0-08-100390-9. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching is carried out through lectures and seminars. Lectures consist of interpretations of basic principles, methodology of given discipline, problems and their exemplary solutions. Seminars particularly support practical mastery of subject matter presented in lectures or assigned for individual study with the active participation of students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Requirements for Course-unit credit award: The orientation within problems discussed and the ability of solving them, examined by working-out assigned tasks without significant mistakes. Examination: The exam verifies and evaluates the knowledge of physical fundamentals of presented problems. The exam consists of a written part (test) and an oral part.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Vehicle wheel
2. Track conditions, Directional deviation, Tire characteristics
3. External force and torque effects on the vehicle
4. Directional stability of the vehicle
5. Resistance of vehicles
6. Performance characteristics of vehicles, Power losses
7. Mass parameters of vehicles
8. Braking of vehicles
9. Distribution of braking forces
10. Stability of braked vehicle, ABS
11. Assistance systems of vehicles
12. Articulated vehicles and motorcycles
13. Aerodynamic stability


The aim is to get theoretical findings, which enable the students to analyze vehicle dynamics behaviour and to understand the function of mechanical and electronical vehicle systems.

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

Attendance at seminars is obligatory, checked by a teacher. The way of compensation of absence is solved individually with a course provider.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EID_P Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer