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Course MV-IMAD-86264-K-4

Principles of Commercial Vehicle Technology (2V+1U, 4.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- K Lecture with exercise classes (V/U) 4.0 CP 78 h
2 V Lecture 28 h
1 U Lecture hall exercise class 14 h
(2V+1U) 4.0 CP 42 h 78 h


CP, Effort 4.0 CP = 120 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe
Level [4] Bachelor (Specialization)
Language [EN] English
Area of study [MV-iMAD] Mechanical and Automotive Design
Additional informations
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


  • Truck Design and Concept
  • Function and Design of Chassis, Drivetrain, Structure and Body, Cab
  • Driving Dynamics of Trucks
  • Special Trucks and other Commercial Vehicles
  • Future Developments

Competencies / intended learning achievements

1. Lecture

Students will be able

  • to describe the requirements and basic technologies of modern commercial vehicles
  • to explain the basic methods for the dimensioning and evaluation of commercial Vehicles and their components
  • to understand and explain the major driving dynamics of commercial vehicles including driving resistances, dynamic loads and driving limits
  • to give an overview on special vehicles and future developments

2. Exercise

Students will be able to

  • identify and calculate the dynamic axle loads
  • dimension a truck by means of a BO-Kraft circle
  • calculate the air suspension of a truck
  • describe the typical coast-down test and calculate the driving resistances that occur during this test


  • HOEPKE (Hrsg.) u.a.: Nutzfahrzeugtechnik, 3. Aufl., (2004), Vieweg Verl.;
  • WIESBADEN N.N.: Grundlagen der Nutzfahrzeugtechnik - Basiswissen Lkw und Bus, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG, München (2004);
  • N.N.: Truck Systems Design Handbook (Vol. II) PT-87, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Warrendale, PA, USA (2002);
  • NUNNEY, M. J.: Light and Heavy Vehicle Technology (4. Ed.) 2007, Elsevier;
  • FITCH, J. W.: Motor Truck Engineering Handbook (4. Ed.) 1994, No. R-125, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)


For further information and course materials please consider the corresponding OLAT-course.

Requirements for attendance (informal)


Requirements for attendance (formal)


References to Course [MV-IMAD-86264-K-4]

Module Name Context
[MV-IMAD-161-M-7] Principles of Commercial Vehicle Technology P: Obligatory 2V+1U, 4.0 LP