Course detail

Computer Simmulation in Automotive Industry II

FSI-QMOAcad. year: 2020/2021

The subject should serve as an introduction of the most important current calculation models used in the development of state-of-the-art powertrains and vehicles to the students. The emphasis is laid upon the mathematical and physical foundations of calculation models and the respective software as well as the verification of results of the computer modelling by way of appropriate experimental methods. There are presented examples of powertrain dynamics solutions, for example 3D computational models of powertrain components, unsteady loaded slide and roller bearings, piston assembly dynamics, applied fatigue of powertrain components or turbocharger rotor dynamics.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course gives students the opportunity to learn about current computational models, applied at motor vehicles and powertrain development. Students will gain the knowledge about the up-date numerical methods applied for a development of modern powertrain subsystems.


Matrix calculus, differential and integral calculus, differential equations. Technical mechanics, kinematics, dynamics, elasticity and strength. Fourier analysis and Fourier transformation. Finite Element Method fundamentals.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

HAMROCK, Bernard J., SCHMID, Steven R. a JACOBSON, Bo. O. Fundamentals of fluid film lubrication. 2. vyd. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2004. ISBN 0-8247-5371-2. (EN)
ZIKANOV Oleg. Essential Computational Fluid Dynamics. John Willey & Sons, Inc., 2010. ISBN 978-0-470-42329-5 (EN)
STONE, Richard. Introduction to internal combustion engines. 3. vyd. Warrendale, Pa.: Society of Automotive Engineers, 1999. ISBN 0768004950 (EN)
DE JALON, J., G. a E. BAYO. Kinematics and Dynamic Simulations of Multibody Systems The Real-Time Chalange. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1994. ISBN 978-1461276012. (EN)
Hori, J. Hydrodynamic Lubrication. Tokyo: Springer Verlag, 2006. ISBN 978-4-431-27898-2. (EN)
STACHOWIAK, Gwidon W. a Andrew W. BATCHELOR. Engineering Tribology. 3. vyd. Boston: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005. ISBN 0-7506-7836-4. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course-unit credit requirements:
The orientation at physical fundamentals of presented problems and the knowledge of practical solving methods , leading to individual work especially on a diploma thesis and in engineering practice after completing studies. The ability to solve problems using computer technology and necessary advanced software equipment. Students have to individually elaborate assigned tasks without significant mistakes. Together with evaluating them the continuous study checking is carried out.
Final examination:
The course is concluded by a final test, as well as oral discussion.
Final evaluation consists of:
1. Evaluation of the individual work on seminars (individually elaborated tasks).
2. The results of written and oral parts of the exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective of the course is to make students familiar with state-of-the-art computational models, applied for solving various problems at motor vehicles and powertrain development. The aim of the subject is to explain to students mathematical and physical fundamentals of computational models that are built up to ready-to-use software level for various problems.

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

Attendance in seminars is obligatory, checked by a teacher. The way of implementation and compensation of absence is solved individually with the subject guarantor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-ADI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Fundamentals of numerical methods.
Flexible bodies in Multibody dynamics.
Applied tribology.
Slide bearings.
Roller bearings.
Cranktrain dynamics.
Piston assembly dynamics.
Applied fatigue.
Turbocharger rotor dynamics.

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Numerical derivation and integration.
Numerical solution of differential equations.
Discretisation of bodies I.
Discretisation of bodies II.
Slide bearings.
Rolling bearings.
Flexible bodies in Multibody dynamics I.
Flexible bodies in Multibody dynamics II.
Constrains in Multibody dynamics.
Applied fatigue.
Modal analysis of turbocharger rotors.
Forced vibration of turbocharger rotors.