Fundamentals of Automotive Systems

By Prof. C. S. Shankar Ram   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 7062
The objective of this course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the various systems of a typical automobile. 
Course Outcomes: At the end of this course, the participant should be able to:
1. acquire fundamental knowledge of the various systems of an automobile,
2. associate the functions of each system with its design and layout, depict the various systems using simple schematics, and apply concepts learnt in core undergraduate courses to synthesize mathematical models of the various systems.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: 3rd/4th year undergraduate and 1st year M.Tech./M.S./Ph.D. students
PRE REQUISITES: Rigid Body Dynamics (done in 1st year BE), Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Design Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  : Course Overview, Classification of Internal Combustion Engines, Engine Components, Operation of Four Stroke Engines
Week 2  : Two Stroke Engines, Engine Cycles
Week 3  : Engine Performance, Supercharging, Combustion in Spark Ignition Engines
Week 4  : Combustion in Compression Ignition Engines, Carburetion, Fuel Introduction Systems
Week 5  : Engine Emissions, Emission Control Systems, Automotive Powertrain
Week 6  : Automotive Clutch, Transmission, Powertrain Analysis
Week 7  : Transmission Matching and Introduction to Brake System
Week 8  : Components of Brake System, Hydraulic Brake
Week 9  : Air Brake, Antilock Brake System
Week 10Braking Analysis, Introduction to Steering System, Manual Steering System
Week 11Power Steering System, Wheel Alignment, Introduction to Suspension System
Week 12Components of Suspension System, Dependent and Independent Suspension, Introduction to Electric and Hybrid Powertrain, Tyres.

Books and references

1. D. Crolla, D. E. Foster, T. Kobayashi and N. Vaughan (Editors-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering, Parts 1-6, Wiley, 2015.
2. R. Stone and J. K. Ball, Automotive Engineering Fundamentals, SAE International, 2004.
3. T. K. Garrett, K. Newton, and W. Steeds, The Motor Vehicle, 13th Edition, SAE International, 2001.
4. D. B. Astow, G. Howard and J. P. Whitehead, Car Suspension and Handling, 4th Edition, SAE International, 2004.
5. R. Limpert, Brake Design and Safety, SAE International, 1992.
6. V. Ganesan, Internal Combustion Engines, 3rd Edition, Tata McGraw Hill, 2007.
7. M. Ehsani, Y. Gao and A. Emadi, Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles: Fundamentals, Theory and Design, 2nd Edition, CRC Press, 2010.

Instructor bio

Prof. C. S. Shankar Ram

IIT Madras
C. S. Shankar Ram is currently a professor in the Department of Engineering Design, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. He received his Bachelor of Engineering (B. E.) in Mechanical Engineering from Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College, Allahabad, India, and his M. S. and Ph. D. from Texas A&M University, USA. His research interests are in the areas of dynamics and control with applications to automotive and transportation systems. He teaches courses on Control Systems, Fundamentals of Automotive Systems and Control of Automotive Systems at IIT Madras

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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