Faculty and research in Vehicle Engineering
The division of Vehicle Engineering and Solid Mechanics is responsible for the master's programme in Vehicle Engineering and most of the courses in the programme.
Road Vehicle research group
At the division the Road Vehicle research group is focusing their research on vehicle conceptual design and vehicle dynamic analysis, including both interaction with the environment, human interaction and system-of-systems. In summary:
- Innovative vehicle concepts: for example, greener, smarter and safer over-actuated vehicles.
- Driver-vehicle interaction: for example, subjective-objective correlation, driver modelling, driving simulators and remote driving.
- Vehicle dynamics control: optimising, for example energy, safety and comfort depending on driving conditions and transportation task.
- Vehicle system and environment interaction: for example, tyre-road modelling, energy losses, wear, active suspension, crosswind and optimality in design configurations.
Conceptual Vehicle Design research group
The Conceptual Vehicle Design research group focus on how to translate societal needs for transport functionality into a plan for sustainable vehicle solutions. Including the development of methods to link effects across different system scales so that vehicles may be optimal from a broader transport perspective. The multifunctional design also involves many questions around how to model different functions with appropriate non-biased fidelity and how to include secondary knock-on effects when evaluating the effect of change on a system.
Rail Vehicle research group
The Rail Vehicle research group focuses on the dynamic interaction between rail vehicles (train) and track. Modelling and simulation play a major role in predicting system behaviour, optimising system parameters, predicting maintenance needs, total cost of operation, and improving system performance like ride comfort, running stability and vehicle-track interaction forces. In summary:
- Active suspensions.
- Mechanics of the wheel rail contact, new contact theories and implementing theories for wear and high cycle fatigue in the models.
- Dynamic interaction between rail vehicle pantographs and catenary.
- Condition-based maintenance based on predictions with digital twins and/or machine learning.
- How to make train design and operation even more energy and power efficient.
In the programme, you have access to a well-equipped laboratory with an instrumented test vehicle, car lift, driving simulator and a lecture room with computers where most of the education is performed.