Department of Engineering

Automotive Engineering

My Studies


1. Semester

Advanced Mechanics | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680102 Advanced Mechanics 3 SWS 4 ECTS
Introduction to Analytical Mechanics: statements of the principle of virtual work, d’Alembert’s principle and Lagrange’s equations of the 2nd kind and their application to particles, systems of particles, rigid bodies and systems of rigid bodies; application of energy principles and variational methods in the strength of materials
Applied Engineering Mathematics 1 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680101 Applied Engineering Mathematics 1 2 SWS 4 ECTS
Linear Systems (Advanced Linear Algebra and its application in Equilibrium and Dynamical Systems), Equilibrium Equations (Constraints and Lagrange Multipliers, Structures in Equilibrium, Electrical Networks), Equilibrium in the Continuous Case (Differential Equations of Equilibrium, Laplace's Equation and Potential Flow, Equilibrium of Fluids and Solids, Calculus of Variations), Numerical Methods.
Control Systems I - Sensors and Actuators | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680103 Sensors and Actuators 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Sensors and actuators are parts of control systems. Knowledge about the functions performed by engine and vehicle controls are the basis for the discussion of sensors and actuators. The objective is to provide an overview of these elements and to impart knowledge on how to use them.
Control Systems II - Digital Control Engineering | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680105 Digital Control Engineering 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Design of linear digital and continuous feedback and control systems in the time domain. Quality criteria for control systems. State space control and observers. Exercises using modern CAE-Tools (Matlab, Simulink) support the lecture and give practical applications.
Engineering Project 1 | Project thesis (PT) | Coursecode: 210680106 Engineering Project 1 3 SWS 6 ECTS
Approaches to solving interdiciplinary technical problems. Results-oriented group work.
Conceptual design of vehivles, vehicle parts and function groups
Compilation of relevant documents: CAD models, drawings, parts lists (BOM).
Engineering Project Management | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 210680108 Engineering Project Management 2 SWS 2 ECTS
• Agile Management
• Change Management
• Quality Management
• Risk Management
English for Scientific Studies | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 210680109 English for Scientific Studies 2 SWS 2 ECTS
ESAP: understanding subject-specific literature and lectures; formulating questions (asking for clarification, responding to clarification); making effective contributions to lectures/seminars.
This course is also closely linked to the first-year engineering project and covers the following topics:
- Engineering design process and associated language
- Project management and associated language
- Engineering project documentation
- Customer meetings
- Comparing automotive systems and engineering solutions
- Justifying engineering decisions
Hydraulics and Pneumatics | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 210680107 Hydraulics and Pneumatics 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This course deals with the structure and fundamentals of oil-hydraulic and pneumatic systems, their applications as well as their advantages and disadvantages. The course covers the following topics:

• Properties of hydraulic fluids
• Hydraulic power transfer and efficiency
• Pumps, motors and cylinders
• Directional control valves
• Pressure and flow valves
• Fundamentals of proportional and servo valve technology
• Plant accessories (lines, screw fittings, accumulators, filters, coolers, etc.)
• Fundamentals of pneumatics
• Generation and distribution of compressed air
• Components of pneumatic drive units
• Fundamentals of electropneumatics
Machine Dynamics / Acoustics | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 210680104 Machine Dynamics / Acoustics 2 SWS 4 ECTS
Kinematics of the crank mechanism; Forces, moments and balancing methods in single and multi-cylinder engines; Kinematics of cam drives and followers; forced oscillation in one- and two-mass systems; System modeling for simulation

Basic terms and principals of technical acoustics related to the application in automobiles and engine design from the basics to application examples

2. Semester

Advanced Drive and Propulsion Technology | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680203 Advanced Drive and Propulsion Technology 3 SWS 4 ECTS
Introduction on overall powertrain developments trends with specific focus on the global market drivers (CO2/xEV legislations) and their technical background, outlining an automotive industry roadmap.
Electric propulsion systems
- Electric mobility applications and their sustainability context
- Main operating principle and characteristics of BEVs
- BEV powertrain architectures
- Powertrain design/examples
- Components of electric drives
- Electric motors
- Inverters / Converters
- Batteries
- BEV vehicle design changes
- Charging systems
Hybrid propulsion systems
- Global electrification trends in hybrid vehicles
- Dedicated Hybrid Engines
- Hybrid architectures with focus on parallel hybrids
- 48V hybrid systems
- Operating strategies of hybrid vehicles
Fuel cell hybrid powertrain summary
Applied Engineering Mathematics 2 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680201 Applied Engineering Mathematics 2 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Applied Engineering Mathematics 2 continues with the discussion of Gilbert Strang's general framework for Applied Mathematics for the description of equilibrium as well as dynamic systems and the underlying minimum principles. The discussion of one-dimensional elastic systems and of three-dimensional potential fields will be extended to three-dimensional elastic systems. For this purpose, an introduction to tensor algebra and analysis for graduate engineering students will be given that ties directly to vector calculus in orthonormal coordinate systems. Thus, the students will be enabled to tackle many applications, such as the theory of elastic bodies, involving higher rank tensors in any coordinate system.
Continuum Mechanics | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680202 Continuum Mechanics 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Introduction to tensors
The notion of deformation
The notion of stress
Conservation principles
Constitutive equations
Control Systems II - Signal Processing | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680204 Signal Processing 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Methods of frequency analysis and their field of application, get to know different tools for digital signal processing, signal estimation and optimization as well as filter theory and examples of different filters
Control Systems III - Supply and Storage Systems | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680206 Supply and Storage Systems 1 SWS 2 ECTS
Architectures and elements of vehicle electrical systems (12V, 24V, 12/48V, high-voltage networks and electrical safety). Modelling of wires, connectors, and battery cells. Heat management of supply and storage systems. Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).
Engineering Project 2 | Project thesis (PT) | Coursecode: 210680205 Engineering Project 2 3 SWS 5 ECTS
Approach to solving interdisciplinary, technical problems. Result-oriented action in the group. Design of vehicles, vehicle parts and assemblies. Creation of related documentation: CAD models, drawings, parts lists.
Leadership and Intercultural Business Practices | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 210680207 Leadership and Intercultural Business Practices 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Cultural Awareness
Nonverbal Communication
Dimensions of Culture
Applications of Dimensions of Culture (GLOBE)
Motivation across cultures
Conflict management and negotiations
Leader Types
Leadership Theories & Styles
Elective Subjects:
Elective Subjects 1 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680215 2 Wheeler Technologies 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Historical overview; worldwide production numbers and categories; legislation and emission; safety features; formulas for driving resistance and performance demand; design features of the different assembly groups: cranktrain, crankcase, cylinder head, valvetrain and timingdrive, lubrication system, transmission and shifting, final drive
Classification of motorcycles; notable design features; main legal requirements; vehicle mechanics: geometric dimensions, longitudinal, vertical and lateral dynamics.
Assembly groups: tires, wheels and rims, frames, dampers, wheel suspension, steering, motorcycle brake systems. Motorcycle aerodynamics; Engine; Power transmission
Elective Subjects 1 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680211 Applied Multibody Systems 2 SWS 3 ECTS
MBS-Simulation from Reality to Model; Abstraction of reality to get a Multi-Body-System-Simulation; Grübler-Kutzbach criterion; handling elastic beams; Finding Equations of Motion for nonlinear systems: Lagrange's Method, Kane's Method (Principle of Jourdain); Solving complex models using Matlab/Simulink; expected results, Natural Frequencies, Introduction to modern MBS Simulation Tools.
Elective Subjects 1 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680213 DoE / Application 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Design of experiments (DOE) is a systematic, rigorous approach to engineering problem-solving that applies principles and techniques at the data collection stage so as to ensure the generation of valid, defensible, and supportable engineering conclusions. Computer-based examples will illustrate how DoE is applied in practice in an engineering environment.
Elective Subjects 1 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680216 Fuel Cell 2 SWS 3 ECTS
- HYDROGEN Introduction
- HYDROGEN Production
- HYDROGEN Economy
- FUEL CELL Vehicles in Automotive Decarbonised Transportation
- FUEL CELL Mobility Applications
- FUEL CELL History
- FUEL CELL Working Principle
- FUEL CELL Main Elements (Focus PEM)
- FUEL CELL Operating Parameters & Efficiency
- FUEL CELL Durability
- FUEL CELL Hydration
- FUEL CELL System – Main Elements including
- FUEL CELL Control
- FUEL CELL Cooling System
- HYDROGEN Storage Systems
- Key technologies, infrastructure
- Fundamentals of cryogenic storage
- Fundamentals of gaseous compressed storage
- Control and safety standards
- HYDROGEN Fuel station
- FUEL CELL Testbeds
- FUEL CELL Development Trends
Elective Subjects 1 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680208 Lightweight Design 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Basics and constraints of vehicle engineering; Lightweight design and principles; Lightweight factors, Basics of Mechanics; Lightweight materials and technologies: Basics, Joining, Production; Lightweight applications in vehicle engineering; Application of the knowledge within group works
Elective Subjects 1 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680209 Rail Vehicle Engineering 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Students obtain on overview of the structure and main functions of modern rail vehicles on the basis of real-world examples. Topics include:
- vehicle system technology: structure, main components
- propulsion technology: types of propulsion, elctric and non-electric power transmission
- braking technology: role of braking technology, fundementals, operating principles, brake control systems
- running gear technology: wheel forces, drives, centrifugal forces, axle arrangements
- vehicle concepts: tram and light-rail systems, regional multiple-unit trains, double-deck carriages, locomotives
Elective Subjects 1 | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 210680210 Road Traffic Law 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Regulations (EU guidelines, ECE regulations, road traffic law), guidelines (emissions and on-board diagnostics, noise, fuel consumption, safety, reliability), types of homologation (complete car, spare parts, accessories), complete homologoation - powertrain, measurement regulations, test sequences (dynamometer, road testing), test algorithms and test systems, documentation, knowledge management, certification.
Elective Subjects 1 | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 210680212 Strategic Management 2 SWS 3 ECTS
This course invites students to gain insight into the basics of strategic management. Based on a theoretical introduction to the principles of strategy and strategic management, the importance of strategic analysis is demonstrated. Various tools for analyzing the environment of a company such as Porter's Five Forces, the PESTEL analysis or tools for analyzing competitors or customers are presented. In addition, the most important tools for analyzing the resources and capabilities of a company are shown.
In addition, the basics for developing business and corporate strategies are taught. The course is also dedicated to the implementation and controlling process in strategic management and finally shows strategic management in different contexts.

This practice-oriented course actively integrates students through case study work.
Elective Subjects 2 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680214 Race Car Data Analysis 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Introduction to data analysis. Analysing of straight-line performance, braking behavior, gearing, braking. Evaluation of tire performance. Investigating of roll stiffness distribution and wheel loads. Damper Setup and aeordynamics. Analysing of the driver. Optimization using lap time simulation

3. Semester

Academic Writing and Speaking | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 210680307 Academic Writing and Speaking 2 SWS 2 ECTS
Presentation of the results of a Master's thesis; proper composition of scientific texts (inc. abstracts, literature research, referencing, types of text, register and layout.)
Advanced Vehicle Dynamics | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680303 Advanced Vehicle Dynamics 2 SWS 3 ECTS
1) Longitudinal + Lateral Dynamics Potential Analysis: tyre’s behaviour loaded by combined forces; dynamic Wheel load distribution; potential, stability and controllabiltity of a vehicle.
2) Ride: Deep view to spring and damper components, it's modelling and task in terms of comfort, driving safety and aerodynamic considerations.
3) Vehicle dynamics simulation: Theoretical background of vehicle dynamics simulation. Parameterisation of the vehicle model, adaptation and correlation of the model with measurement data. Examples of lateral and longitudinal vehicle behaviour in open-loop manoeuvres. Lap time simulation, sensitivity analysis and performance optimization. Simulation and energy minimization of electric cars.
Control Systems III - Bus and On-Board Diagnostics | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680305 Bus and On-board Diagnostics 1 SWS 2 ECTS
OSI model with examples; overview of vehicle networks (K-Line, CAN, FlexRay, LIN, SAE J1850, MOST,…); transport protocols; diagnosis protocols (KWP2000, UDS, OBD); ASAM Standard calibration protocols (CCP, XCP, …); AUTOSAR concept; development tools; reading and analysis of OBD-diagnosis, analysis of communication networks using modern CAx-Tools;
theoretical fundamentals will be consolidated in laboratory using modern application tools.
Driver Assistance Systems | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680304 Driver Assistance Systems 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Levels of driver assistance systems, Basics of state-of-the-art assistance systems like:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): speed control and distance control; natural acceleration and deceleration behavior
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA): Minimal lane deviations; Smooth steering actions; driving line choice
Basics of environmental perception: Sensors used in ADAS systems, SLAM
Introduction to neural networks
FEM /CFD | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680301 FEM /CFD 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Part 1:
Mathematical foundations of the Finite Element Method (initial and boundary conditions, weak solutions of partial differential equations, calculus of variations, Galerkin and Rayleigh-Ritz methods), mesh generation (discretisation and assembling algorithms), material models, application of the FEM to both linear and nonlinear, stationary and transient analysis. Computer exercises based on commercially available FEM software.
Part 2:
Theory of Computational Fluid Dynamics, tutorials using simulation programmes
Human Resource Management | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 210680302 Human Resource Management 1 SWS 1 ECTS
Employment law and contracts; application documents, job interviews and assessment centers; personnel planning and development; motivation, teamwork und conflict management; gender und cross-cultural competence.
Internship | Internship (PR) | Coursecode: 210680306 Internship 1 SWS 10 ECTS
Students are introduced to the desired professional activity by means of concrete tasks and practical work in relevant companies and institutions. The internship should serve, in particular, to afford students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their engineering studies to date. Additionally, students are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate the experience gained from their practical work.
Elective Subjects:
Elective Subjects 1 | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 210680313 Tire Modeling 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Vehicle dynamics of multi-track road vehicles with a focus on lateral dynamics and its most important characteristics. Application of the development process from CAD model (CATIA) via MBS-System (ADAMS/Car) to vehicle simulation using veDYNA. Problems will be solved on PC in teams.
Elective Subjects 2 | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 210680310 Commercial Vehicles 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Systematics, main assemblies and components of Commercial Vehicles. Discussion of the application specific main assemblies and components of a commercial vehicle (Frame, cabin, driveline, axles, spring and damper system, steering, ADAS, etc,). If possible, an excursion to the assembly line of RMMV in Vienna closes the lessons.
Elective Subjects 2 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680311 Electric Drive and Propulsion Systems 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Basic differences and characteristics of different electric machines. Understand efficiency or loss characteristics and the impact of the selected motor to the driveability of a vehicle. Difference and usage of continuous and peak power. Define electric motors for specific needs.
Elective Subjects 2 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680309 Energy Management and Storage Systems 2 SWS 3 ECTS
- Energy considerations
- Energy Storage Systems - Introduction
- Energy Management Systems - Introduction

Mechanical energy storages
- Flywheel systems
- Pneumatic and hydraulic pressure systems

Electrical Energy Storages
- Supercaps
- Batteries
- Electrochemical Basics-Deep Dive
- Cell Types and Chemistries
- Important Terms and Parameters
- Cell Failures, Consequences and Protection Mechanisms
- Battery Systems
- Components
- Mechanical Design
- Thermal Design
- Electrical Design
- Hardware Design
- Software Design
- Simulation
- Validation
- Charging technologies
- Basic considerations
- Single/Multiple phase chargers
- Standards (connectors)
- Fast charging (DC-based)
- Inductive charging

Energy management with electric and hybrid vehicles
- Electrical and thermal energy management
- The Energy Management System Control Problem
- Operational strategies
- Energy management system approaches
- V2V/V2I Opportunities
Elective Subjects 2 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 210680308 Internal Combustion Engines 2 SWS 3 ECTS
ICEs for Passenger cars - Deep Dive
- Combustion System/Mixture Formation/Combustion-
Gasoline / Diesel - Deep Dive
- Exhaust aftertreatment - Focus on system understanding
- Thermal Management and Waste heat recovery
- ICE on the test bench
- Combustion Diagnostics /Analysis
- ICE Calibration

Alternative Fuels

Large ICEs
- Specific Design Features
- LE Combustion Systems
- Gas Engines
Elective Subjects 2 | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 210680314 Methods of Product Development & Production 2 SWS 3 ECTS
This lecture covers the theoretical fundamentals of development processes and their influence on production using real-world examples from industry. Topics include: production management, virtual product development, product data management, product engineering processes, simultaneous engineering and production systems.
Elective Subjects 2 | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 210680312 Rail Vehicle Dynamics 2 SWS 3 ECTS
Dynamics of railway vehicles

4. Semester

Master's Thesis | Master Thesis (MA) | Coursecode: 210680401 Master's Thesis and Master´s Exam 0.5 SWS 30 ECTS
Independent composition of a technical / scientific thesis at Master's level. The composition must conform to specific formal / content requirements as required for a technical / scientific publication.