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Module MV-IMAD-161-M-7

Principles of Commercial Vehicle Technology (M, 4.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
MV-IMAD-161-M-7 Principles of Commercial Vehicle Technology 4.0 CP (120 h)
MV-KIMA-161-M-7 Principles of Commercial Vehicle Technology 4.0 CP (120 h)


CP, Effort 4.0 CP = 120 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [EN] English
Module Manager
Area of study [MV-iMAD] Mechanical and Automotive Design
Reference course of study [MV-82.103-SG] B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


Examination also possible in German


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
2V+1U MV-IMAD-86264-K-4
Principles of Commercial Vehicle Technology
P 42 h 78 h - - PL1 4.0 WiSe
  • About [MV-IMAD-86264-K-4]: Title: "Principles of Commercial Vehicle Technology"; Presence-Time: 42 h; Self-Study: 78 h

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: written or oral examination
  • Examination Frequency: each semester
  • Examination number: 10264 ("Principles of Commercial Vehicle Technology")
    Written (60-90 minutes) or oral (30-45 minutes) examination, will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Evaluation of grades

The grade of the module examination is also the module grade.


  • 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)

Requirements for attendance of the module (informal)


Requirements for attendance of the module (formal)


References to Module / Module Number [MV-IMAD-161-M-7]

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[GS-88.844-SG] M.Sc. Commercial Vehicle Technology [Compulsory Modules] Mandatory modules [P] Compulsory
[GS-88.844-SG#2022] M.Sc. Commercial Vehicle Technology 2022 [2022] [Compulsory Modules] Mandatory modules [P] Compulsory
[MV-82.103b-SG#2022] B.Sc. Maschinenbau 2022 [2022] [Specialisation] Wahlpflichtbereich / Kompetenzfelder [WP] Compulsory Elective
Module-Pool Name
[MV-MB-2022-MPOOL-4] Wahlplichtmodule Bachelor Maschinenbau

References to Module / Module Number [MV-KIMA-161-M-7]

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[MV-82.103-SG] B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering [Specialisation] Vehicle Engineering (if chosen) [P] Compulsory