Course detail

Dynamics of Vehicles

FSI-QDYAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course will acquaint 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 will be possible to get understanding of the function of vehicle systems, and to create relations between vehicle design and dynamic characteristics. The course gets theoretical background for consequential courses in specialization motor vehicles.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students will get theoretical and terminological knowledge in the area of vehicle dynamics. The principles are directly applicable in consequential courses of motor vehicles specialization.


Basic knowledge of numerical 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. (EN)
JAZZAR, Reza N. Vehicle dynamics: Theory and application. 3rd edition. New York, NY: Springer Science Business Media, 2017. ISBN 978-331-9534-404. (EN)
PACEJKA, Hans B. Tire and vehicle dynamics. Third Edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2012. ISBN 9780080970165. (EN)
WONG, J. Theory of ground vehicles. 4th ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2008, 560 p. ISBN 04-701-7038-7. (EN)
PACEJKA, H.B., Takahashi,T. Cornering on uneven roads, Vehicle System Dynamics Vol. 17 (1988), No. 7. (EN)
VLK, F. Dynamika motorových vozidel. Nakladatelství a zasilatelství vlk, Brno 2001, ISBN 80-238-5273-6. (CS)
Road vehicles - Vehicle dynamics and road-holding ability – Vocabulary, ISO8855 : 2011 (E/F), International Organization for Standardization, Switzerland (EN)
Vehicle Dynamics Terminology, SAE J670e, Society of Autmotive Engineers, Warrendale, PA (EN)
Směrová dynamika vozidel – Definice základních pojmů, ČSN 30 0034, Vydavatelství Úřadu pro normalizaci a měření, Praha 1981 (CS)

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

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. Continuous study checking is carried out together with given tasks verification. Examination: The exam verifies and evaluates the knowledge of physical fundamentals of presented problems, theirs mathematical description on a presented level and application to solved tasks. The exam consists of a written part (test) and an oral part. Final evaluation consists of: 1. Evaluation of the work on seminars (elaborated tasks). 2. Result of the writing part of the exam (test). 3. Result of the oral part of the exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim is to get theoretical findings, which enable to the students to analyze vehicle dynamics behavior 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 N-ADI-P Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics
2. Acceleration Performance
3. Braking Performance
4. Road loads
5. Ride I
6. Ride II
7. Steady State Cornering
8. Unsteady State Handling
9. Suspension
10. Steering System
11. Rollover
12. Tires
13. Mathematical Vehicle Models
14. Mathematical Tire Models

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics– Example Problems
2. Acceleration Performance – Example Problems
3. Braking Performance – Example Problems
4. Road loads – Example Problems
5. Ride I – Example Problems
6. Ride II – Example Problems
7. Steady state Cornering – Example Problems
8. Unsteady State Handling – Example Problems
9. Suspension – Example Problems
10. Steering System – Example Problems
11. Rollover – Example Problems
12. Tires – Example Problems
13. Mathematical Vehicle Models – Example Problems
14. Mathematical Tire Models – Example Problems