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ME40047: Powertrain & transportation systems

[Page last updated: 27 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework - Presentation (CW 5%)
  • Coursework - Report 1 (CW 35%)
  • Coursework - Report 2 (CW 60%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
ME40047 Coursework reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take ME30037 AND take ME30217
Description: Aims:
To introduce the students to the broader social and economic factors which govern the design and development of vehicles and transportation systems.
To provide a knowledge of alternative automotive powertrain systems and advanced engine developments.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Identify and understand the different alternative automotive propulsion systems and their operating characteristics.
* Describe the advanced IC engine developments taking place with regard to achieving lower fuel consumption and emissions.
* Explain the impact of environmental and social issues on transport legislation and vehicle manufacture.

Problem solving; written communication; working as part of a group; numeracy.

Technology implications of developing alternative automotive propulsion systems IC engine emission characteristics and emission reduction developments. Use of alternative fuels, technological and resource implications: Natural gas, Bio-gas, Methane, Hydrogen. Alternative automotive powertrains including regenerative and hybrid systems. The industrial base for vehicle manufacturing and the drivers for technological change. The global and legislative perspective on transport issues. Environmental aspects and the use of natural resources. Topics for self study that could be examined.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME40047 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)


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