What is Automotive engineering: Definition and 13 Discussions

Automotive engineering, along with aerospace engineering and naval architecture, is a branch of vehicle engineering, incorporating elements of mechanical, electrical, electronic, software, and safety engineering as applied to the design, manufacture and operation of motorcycles, automobiles, and trucks and their respective engineering subsystems. It also includes modification of vehicles. Manufacturing domain deals with the creation and assembling the whole parts of automobiles is also included in it. The automotive engineering field is research -intensive and involves direct application of mathematical models and formulas. The study of automotive engineering is to design, develop, fabricate, and test vehicles or vehicle components from the concept stage to production stage. Production, development, and manufacturing are the three major functions in this field.

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    Mechanical Engineering Thesis Topic Suggestion

    Hi, I study Applied Mechanics and I'm in the last year of my study. I try to find some interesting topic for my master's thesis that will be at least a little innovative. Topics offered by my university are unfortunately quite usual and "old-fashioned". And I want to do something a little bit...
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    Advice for Aspiring Automotive Engineers: Apprenticeships, Schools, and Courses

    Hello, my name is Logan and I'm looking to go into automotive engineering(in the long run). I'm currently in high school and I am doing the middle college program which will allow me to graduate with a general associates degree. A few of my dads friends told me about an apprenticeship-type...
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    I would like to introduce myself

    I am an electrical engineer with a BS degree. I do not understand many things about electricity completely, but I am willing to explore and help others to explore as well. I have an interest in physics in general, but to be honest I'm not very smart in this subject. I look forward to meeting...
  4. James O'Neill

    Can you make the drive shaft the alternator?

    I recently read a post on "How much energy does an alternator use?". So I read some more online articles and found that some people have thought of running their alternator on their drive shaft. This doesn't seem more economical to me, since you will still loose engine power . If the alternator...
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    Problems in automotive engineering

    hello! can you tell me please what are the current challenges in automotive industry? please be as specific as possible, for example, it won't help to say to make engines more efficient, but it will help to say to find a way to harvest the kinetic energy of the exhaust gases also, elaborating...
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    Freeware simulation software for automotive engineering

    hello! is there any freeware simulation software for automotive engineering? thanks!
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    Automotive Engineering career advice

    Hello everyone! I was wondering if someone could give me some advice on what I should do in order to work in the automotive engineering field. Right now I am a freshman at Coastal Carolina University as an honors student in the Applied Physics major with a focus on engineering. I am on track to...
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    Debating on entering the Automotive Engineering field

    I'm currently trying to figure out what I should do when I'm out of the navy after my 5 years of service in early 2015. I've always had an interest in engineering (especially automotive) for a while now. I'm a huge gear head. Anyways the only issue I'm facing is I will be 25 my freshman year, so...
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    Automotive Is the Demand for Automotive Engineering Decreasing?

    So a great deal of the population uses some form of rail or automotive transport daily so obviously the automotive/rail companies are making a lot of money but what I don't understand is why the demand for automotive/rail engineers is decreasing? I ask this question because I initially started...
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    Automotive Engineering, Stopping Distance Calculations Help?

    Homework Statement A vehicle weighs 3000 lbf and has an initial velocity of 68 mph. If the braking system is designed to stop the vehicle at constant power, calculate the stopping distance in feet, if the stopping power is 100 hp. m = 3000 lbf / 32.2 ft/s2 = 93.17 (lbf-s2)/ft v = 68 mph...
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    Engineering Automotive Engineering: Career Ideas for Car Fanatics

    I've been a huge car fanatic since I was three, you name i know it about cars, I am looking into University Bound, what career would fit my style designing car body/engine working on producing cars, tuning cars sort of things like that.
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    Best Books for Automotive Engineering and Combustion

    hello everybody here in that great,full&useful forum, well--im a student in the final year of mechanical engineering,and i was really interested in the whole courses we had taken at school related to the subject of comustion,and i know abit about the techniques of the electronic boeards and...
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    Automotive Can sensors on a car measure deceleration for a predictive braking system?

    I've got an idea for a predictive type of braking system. The general theory is great, however I am not a Mechanical Engineer at all ... just an idea incubator :tongue2: Anyway ... my idea requires the use of deceleration of the vehicle. Are there typically sensors already on the car that...