B.Sc. Thesis at KTH Vehicle Dynamics

Degree project first level

The Bachelor thesis course within Vehicle Engineering will give you knowledge of vehicle system technology, and the vehicles role in the transport system and in society. The aim of the course is to give the student a basic knowledge on road and rail vehicle design and performance. The individual thesis project will give you an opportunity to test your engineering skills and to learn more about a specific topic that you find particularly interesting.

You will learn fundamental Vehicle Engineering and practical engineering skills working with the following:

  • formulate problems and apply the methodology in the vehicle sector to seek and evaluate solutions,
  • apply knowledge and skills acquired during the studies, on problems in vehicle technology,
  • describe vehicles role in transportation,
  • describe vehicle types, structure, use and requirements,
  • describe vehicle systems, sub-systems and their function,
  • describe how vehicles effect the environment on local, regional and global level,
  • describe vehicle forces and its relation to weight, air resistance, rolling resistance, etc.,
  • calculate start, acceleration and retardation of vehicles,
  • have basic knowledge on vehicle dynamic performance and comfort,
  • describe vehicle development from a systems engineering perspective, from market, to requirements and product development. Innovations and patents,
  • discuss the trends and future potential of vehicles.

The course includes contact with professional vehicle engineers and the vehicle industry through lectures, discussions and visits.

The Bachelor project aims to integrate technical aspects with requirements imposed by society through laws, regulations, ethics, economy and environment. Projects are dealing with vehicle problems that are prevalent in society. This requires knowledge from this course as well as other courses from your previous education. Furthermore, it may be necessary to further deepen the theoretical knowledge of some part of vehicle technology to be able to complete the task. The project work also includes information study, oral presentations and report writing.

The project work is carried out preferably in groups of two students, but for those who so wish are able to complete the task alone. The student chooses a subject and defines a project in agreement with the teachers. The nominal workload is 3-4 weeks full-time.
Each group is assigned a suitable mentor who is staff at the department or a collaboration engineer from the vehicle industry. It may also be relevant to have a contact person outside the institution where the project is directly linked to any such activity.

Previously, students have studied a variety of topics: Aerodynamic Properties of High-Speed Trains, Implementation of electronic stability control system in Dymola/Modelica, Drive Optimization - Peugeot 407 STCC, An analysis of the concept of 4 wheel steering, Wheel motors in hybrid vehicles - Benefit for regenerative braking?, NoAgo – the flying car, Evaluation of compressed air car, etc.
The course is offered during the spring term, period 3-4. Contact your study programme to apply for the Bachelor thesis course in Vehicle Engineering.
For further information or questions, please contact:

Professor Annika Stensson Trigell

Page responsible:Mikael Nybacka
Belongs to: Vehicle Dynamics
Last changed: Jan 06, 2011