iversity Online Course – Vehicle Dynamics III: Vertical Oscillations

Course starts: May 2016
Open to: everyone with an interest in a topic
Certificates: Audit Track for free, Certificate Track – EUR 49.


From Bugatti Veyron to Volkswagen Beetle, from racing to passenger car: Learn how they behave on a country road and on the autobahn! In this third part of Vehicle Dynamics, the vertical dynamic aspects of vehicles will be illuminated. In short, the elements involved when a car drives on a bumpy or rough street will be described. The course will start with a survey of suspensions and springs and dampers. After this, it will explain the description of rough streets and give an introduction to Fourier integrals. Next, the course will take a closer look at vertical models. In the last fundamental part of the course, it will describe the conflict between driving safety and comfort. The course will be finished with two applications from automotive mechatronics. The duration of the course is 13 weeks with a workload of 2-3 hours per week. This course has a total of 11 chapters, and the topics for each chapter are the following:

  • Chapter 1: Overview;
  • Chapter 2: Damped Oscillator;
  • Chapter 3: Fourier integral;
  • Chapter 4: Conflict: Comfort vs. Safety I;
  • Chapter 5: Conflict: Comfort vs. Safety II;
  • Chapter 6: Ideal active system and skyhook damper principle;
  • Chapter 7: Vibration absorber in powertrains;
  • Chapter 8: Models and nonlinearities;
  • Chapter 9: Homework solutions of chapter 1, 2 and 3;
  • Chapter 10: Homework solutions of chapter 4, 5 and 6;
  • Chapter 11: Homework solutions of chapter 7 and 8.


The course is open to everyone with an interest in this topic. Some basic understanding of the following subjects will help you successfully participate in this course: Algebra; Trigonometric Functions; Differential Calculus; Linear Algebra; Vectors; Coordinate Systems; Force, Torque, Equilibrium; Mass, Center of Gravity, Moment of Inertia; Method of Sections, Friction, Newton’s Law, (Lagrange’s Equation).

What will you learn?

At the end of the course you will …

  • Know different kinds of suspensions, springs and dampers;
  • Know the description of rough and bumpy streets;
  • Understand the Fourier integral;
  • Understand the conflict between driving safety and comfort;
  • Be able to calculate simple properties of a car.

How to enroll?

You can enroll for FREE at the iversity platform HERE. You can certify your learning by choosing the certificate track or simply audit the course without a certificate – Audit Track for free, Certificate Track – EUR 49.

For more information please visit the official website.

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