SD2221 Vehicle System Technology 8.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

This introductory course will give you knowledge of vehicle system technology, and the vehicles role in the transport system and in society.

The aim of the course is to give the student a basic knowledge on road and rail vehicle design and performance.

After a completed course you should be able to:

  • formulate problems and apply the methodology in the vehicle sector to seek and evaluate solutions
  • apply knowledge and skills acquired during the studies, on problems in vehicle technology
  • describe vehicles role in transportation
  • describe vehicle types, structure, use and requirements
  • describe vehicle systems, sub-systems and their function
  • describe how vehicles effect the environment on local, regional and global level
  • describe vehicle forces and its relation to weight, air resistance, rolling resistance, etc.
  • calculate start, acceleration and retardation of vehicles,
  • have basic knowledge on vehicle dynamic performance and comfort,
  • describe vehicle development from a systems engineering perspective, from market, to requirements and product development. Innovations and patents.
  • discuss the trends and future potential of vehicles

Course main content

Vehicle types, structure, use and demands. Vehicles role in transportation. Requirements for vehicles. Wheels, tires and rolling resistance. Brakes. Innovations and patents. Drivetrain. Chassis. Rail vehicles. Terminals and signalling. Vehicle-track interaction. Statistical design of experiments. Vehicle dynamics and comfort. Traction Technology, energy and environment. Future trends.


Fundamentals of mechanical and electrical engineering.

For "single course students":150 university credits (hp) In engineering or natural sciences and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.


Course literature will be available in BILDA by Div. of Vehicle Dynamics and Div. of Rail Vehicles, KTH.


  • INL2 - Excercises, 4.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Written Exam (TEN1; 4 hp; A/F), compulsory.
Exercises (ÖVN1; 4 hp; A/F), compulsory.
The number of points achieved for TEN1 and ÖVN1 are summed. The final grade is based on this sum.

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering


Annika Stensson Trigell <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2018.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2014.