Fundamentals of Automotive Systems


Prof. C.S.Shankar Ram

IIT Madras

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The objective of this course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the various systems of a typical automobile.
Course Outcomes: At the end of this course, the participant should be able to:
1. acquire fundamental knowledge of the various systems of an automobile,
2. associate the functions of each system with its design and layout, depict the various systems using simple schematics, and apply concepts learnt in core undergraduate courses to synthesize mathematical models of the various systems.


3rd/4th year undergraduate and 1st year M.Tech./M.S./Ph.D. students


Rigid Body Dynamics (done in 1st year BE), Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics


C. S. Shankar Ram is currently a professor in the Department of Engineering Design, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. He received his Bachelor of Engineering (B. E.) in Mechanical Engineering from Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College, Allahabad, India, and his M. S. and Ph. D. from Texas A&M University, USA. His research interests are in the areas of dynamics and control with applications to automotive and transportation systems. He teaches courses on Control Systems, Fundamentals of Automotive Systems and Control of Automotive Systems at IIT Madras.

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Course Details

Week 1: Course Overview, Classification of Internal Combustion Engines, Engine Components, Operation of Four Stroke Engines
Week 2: Two-Stroke Engines, Engine Cycles
Week 3: Engine Performance, Supercharging, Combustion in Spark Ignition Engines
Week 4: Combustion in Compression Ignition Engines, Carburetion, Fuel Introduction Systems
Week 5: Engine Emissions, Emission Control Systems, Automotive Powertrain
Week 6: Automotive Clutch, Transmission, Powertrain Analysis
Week 7: Transmission Matching and Introduction to Brake System
Week 8: Components of Brake System, Hydraulic Brake
Week 9: Air Brake, Antilock Brake System
Week 10: Braking Analysis, Introduction to Steering System, Manual Steering System
Week 11: Power Steering System, Wheel Alignment, Introduction to Suspension System
Week 12: Components of Suspension System, Dependent and Independent Suspension, Introduction to Electric and Hybrid Powertrain, Tyres.


1. D. Crolla, D. E. Foster, T. Kobayashi and N. Vaughan (Editors-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering, Parts 1-6, Wiley, 2015.
2. R. Stone and J. K. Ball, Automotive Engineering Fundamentals, SAE International, 2004.
3. T. K. Garrett, K. Newton, and W. Steeds, The Motor Vehicle, 13th Edition, SAE International, 2001.
4. D. B. Astow, G. Howard and J. P. Whitehead, Car Suspension and Handling, 4th Edition, SAE International, 2004.
5. R. Limpert, Brake Design and Safety, SAE International, 1992.
6. V. Ganesan, Internal Combustion Engines, 3rd Edition, Tata McGraw Hill, 2007.
7. M. Ehsani, Y. Gao and A. Emadi, Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles: Fundamentals, Theory and Design, 2nd Edition, CRC Press, 2010.


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