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Course Detail

Course Name Automotive Chassis Design
Course Code 15MEC231
Program B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Clutch Design Calculation: Design of single plate clutch, multi plate clutch, design of centrifugal clutch, cone clutch, energy dissipated, torque capacity of clutch, design of clutch components, design details of roller and sprag type of clutches.

Gear Box: Performance of vehicle, total resistance to motion, traction and tractive effort, acceleration, calculation of gear ratio, design of three speed gear box, design of four speed gear boxes.

Unit 2

Vehicle Frame and Suspension: Study of loads, moments and stresses on frame members, computer aided design of frame for passenger and commercial vehicles, computer aided design of leaf springs, coil springs and torsion bar springs.

Unit 3

Front Axle and Steering Systems: Analysis of loads, moments and stresses at different sections of front axle, determination of loads at kingpin bearings, wheel spindle bearings, choice of bearings, determination of optimum dimensions and proportions for steering linkages ensuring minimum error in steering.

Final Drive and Rear Axle: Design of propeller shaft, design details of final drive gearing, design details of full floating, semi-floating and three quarter floating rear shafts and rear axle housings.

Text Books

  • Heldt P. M. – ‘The Automotive Chassis’ – Literary Licensing – 2012.


  • Steeds W. ‘Mechanics of Road Vehicles’ – Illiffe Books Ltd., London -1990
  • Giles J. G. – ‘Steering, Suspension and Tyres’ – Illiffe Books Ltd., London – 1988
  • Steeds N. and Garret – ‘Motor Vehicle’ – Illiffe Books Ltd., London – 2000
  • Giri N. K. – ‘Automobile Mechanics’ – Khanna Publisher, New Delhi – 2002
  • Heldt P. M. – ‘Torque Converter’ – Chilton Book Co., New York -1982
  • Averns D. – ‘Automobile Chassis Design’ – Illiffe Books Ltd. – 1992

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