Automotive and Advanced Transportation Engineering : A2TE  



In order to achieve an environmentally friendly transportation of the next generation, a sophisticated automobile has to be developed and widely used throughout the entire world.

King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) and King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, under collaboration with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan, jointly offer a Master's degree program in Automotive Engineering (AE) to produce such highly qualified engineers.

All automotive industries require trained engineers who have global perspective, international exposure and knowledge of diverse topics. Taking the requirements of automotive industries in mind and considering the expansion that is taking place, the Master of Engineering Program in Automotive Engineering has been developed to create industry-ready engineers who have essential required qualities and more advanced concepts. In the first year, Automotive Engineering courses which are lectured mostly by academic staffs from Tokyo Tech, consist of wide ranging engineering aspects from fundamentals of automotive engineering, such as electric controls, aerodynamics, combustion and production, to practice of automotive design. In the second year, students commence their research projects which are supervised by NSTDA researchers and academic staffs from Thai host university (KMITL or KMUTT) and Tokyo Tech. It is a unique opportunity for Thai students (and students from abroad) to establish an international career and profit from the outsourcing wave that is benefiting all sectors of the economy. 

Courses in Automotive Engineering Program at KMITL/KMUTT under TAIST Tokyo Tech

  1. Automotive Structural System Engineering 3 (3-0-0) Credits

          1.1.Overview on Vehicle Research and Development (15 hours, Prof. T. Kitahara)

                     1.1.1 Vehicle Planning and Design

                             (1) From Advanced Research to Marketing

                             (2) The Past and the Future Prospect

                     1.1.2 Vehicle Components

                             (1) Propulsion, Engine

                             (2) Body and Suspension

                     1.1.3 Vehicle Characteristics

                             (1) Performance of Man-Machine-Environment System

                             (2) Active Safety and Passive Safety

          1.2. Suspension and Drive-train Systems (15 hours, Prof. H. Morimura )

                     1.2.1 Suspension system

                     1.2.2 Steering System

                     1.2.3 Tire and its interaction with road surface

                     1.2.4 Braking System

                     1.2.5 Friction and tribology

                     1.2.6 Drive-train

                     1.2.7 Stability and manoeuvrability analysis

                     1.2.8 Advanced Control System

          1.3 Structural Mechanics for Automobiles (15 hours, Prof. K. Inaba )

                     1.3.1 Automobile body

                     1.3.2 Structural requirements

                     1.3.3 Structural elements

                     1.3.4 Body bending

                     1.3.5 Body torsion

                     1.3.6 Crashworthiness

  1. Automotive Comfort Mechanics Engineering 3 (3-0-0) Credits

          2.1. Electronics and Control Engineering (15 hours, Prof. M. Yamakita)

                     2.1.1 Introduction of electronics and control in automobiles

                     2.1.2 Electric control of engines and transmission

                     2.1.3 Electronics in operation monitoring

          2.2. Aerodynamics and Air Conditioning (15 hours, Prof. K.Hanamura)

                     2.2.1 Fundamentals of Fluid-Dynamics

                     2.2.2 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

                     2.2.3 Aerodynamics in Vehicles

                     2.2.4 Thermodynamics in Air-Conditioners

                      2.2.5 Air-Conditioning Systems in Vehicles

          2.3. Vibration and Noise Engineering (15 hours, Prof. M.Okuma )

                     2.3.1 Introduction of automotive vibration and noise problems

                     2.3.2 Measurement and data processing for vibration and noise

                     2.3.3 Modelling for vibration and noise analysis, and comfortability

                     2.3.4 Numerical simulation of vibration and noise

                     2.3.5 Structural design and technology for vibration noise reduction

  1. Combustion Engineering 3 (3-0-0) Credits

          3.1. Fundamentals of Combustion (15 hours, Prof. S. Hirai)

                     3.1.1 Reactive gas dynamics (laminar and turbulent flames)

                     3.1.2 Ignition and extinction

                     3.1.3 Reaction kinetics and simulation

          3.2. Thermodynamics in Internal Combustion Engines (15hours, Prof. H. Kosaka)

                     3.2.1 First and second laws of thermodynamics in internal combustion engines

                     3.2.2 Gas cycles of internal combustion engines

                     3.2.3 Thermodynamic analysis of heat release rate in internal combustion engines

          3.3.Combustion Technologies in Internal Combustion Engines (15 hours, Prof. H. Kosaka)

                     3.3.1 Combustion technologies in spark ignition engine

                     3.3.2 Combustion technologies in compression ignition engine

                     3.3.3 Combustion technologies for high efficiency and clean exhaust gas

  1. Advanced Internal Combustion Engine Engineering and Future Power Train 3 (3-0-0) Credits

          4.1. Fundamentals of Combustion and Diagnostics in IC Engines (15 hours, Prof. H. Kosaka)

                     4.1.1 Reaction kinetics and simulation

                     4.1.2 Flow diagnostics in IC engines

                     4.1.3 Combustion diagnostics in IC engines

          4.2. Zero Emission Technologies (15 hours, Prof. K. Hanamura)

                     4.2.1 Production and control of NOx

                     4.2.2 Production and control of particulate matters

                     4.2.3 Advanced zero emission technologies

          4.3. Future Power Train for Sustainable Community (15 hours, Prof. S. Hirai)

                     4.3.1 Energy consumption and environmental protection

                     -Present status in South-East Asia and World-

                     4.3.2 Future energy systems for sustainability

                     4.3.3 Present status and future prospect of sustainable mobility / Battery electrical vehicle, hybrid vehicle, fuel cell vehicle.

  1. Advanced Production Engineering 3 (3-0-0) Credits

          5.1. Fundamentals of Production Technology (15 hours, Prof. M. Yoshino)

                     5.1.1 Production Processes for Automotive Engineering

                     5.1.2 Integrated and Intelligent Manufacturing System

                     5.1.3 Structure and Function of Machine Tool

                     5.1.4 Computer Numerical Control of Machine Tools

                     5.1.5 Practical Training of CAD/CAM and CNC Machine Tools

          5.2. Welding and Joining (15 hours, Prof. K. Takahashi)

                     5.2.1 Physics and Basic Engineering in Welding and Joining

                     5.2.2 Welding and Joining processes

                     5.2.3 Equipments for Welding and Joining

                     5.2.4 Behaviour of Materials in Welding and Joining

                     5.2.5 Design and Construction of Joints

                     5.2.6 Analyses of Joints

                     5.2.7 Examples of Welding and Joining process

          5.3. Quality and Operations Management (15 hours, Prof. S. Suzuki)

                     5.3.1 Quality Management

                     5.3.2 Inventory Management

                     5.3.3 Production Management

                     5.3.3 Project Management

                     5.3.4 Theory of Constraints

                     5.3.5 Supply Chain Management

  1. Basics of Automotive Design 3 (3-0-0) Credits

          6.1 Basics of CAD (15 hours, Prof. M. Okuma)

                     6.1.1 Overview of CAD

                     6.1.2 Theory of Curved Line and Curved Surface

                     6.1.3 Theory of Mesh Generation

                     6.1.4 Theory of Reverse Engineering

          6.2 Basics of CAE (15 hours, Prof. H. Morimura)

                     6.2.1 Overview of CAE

                     6.2.2 Technology for Analysis (Finite Element Method, Boundary Element Method, Optimization Analysis, Control Engineering)

                     6.2.3 Application examples

          6.3 CAE Model (15 hours, Prof. H. Morimura, Prof. M. Okuma )

                     6.3.1 Generating CAE Model from CAD

                     6.3.2 Generating CAE Model from Measured DATA

                     6.3.3 Generating CAE Model from Experiments

                     6.3.4 Identification of CAE Model

  1. Practice of Automotive Design 3 (2-1-0) Credits

          7.1 Practice of Design (1) / Design of SAE-Formula Car (15 hours, Prof. H. Morimura)

                     7.1.1 Planning of Vehicle

                     7.1.2 Harmonization of Performance and Components

                     7.1.3 Concept of Frame Structures

                     7.1.4 Analysis of Strength and Stiffness with CAD/CAE

          7.2 Practice of Design (2) / Analysis of SAE-Formula Car (15 hours, Prof. H. Morimura)

                     7.2.1 Tuning of Engine Performance and Gear ratio

                     7.2.2 Braking effort and Brake-lock

                     7.2.3 Performance of Circling Movements

                     7.2.4 Manoeuvrability

          7.3 Assembly and Disassembly of Engine and Beam Model (15 hours, Prof. H. Morimura)

                     7.3.1 Disassembly of Engine and Measurement of Components

                     7.3.2 Assembly of Engine

                     7.3.3 Assembly of Miniature Beam Model for Frame Structure

                      7.3.4 Measurement of Beam Model

  1. Advanced Material Science and Engineering (3-0-0)Credits

          8.1 Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Material Science (15 hours, Dr. J. Kajornchaiyakul)

                     8.1.1 Irreversible Thermodynamics

                     8.1.2 Diffusional Transport : Fick's First Law; Fick's Second Law

                     8.1.3 Phase Transformation : Nucleation; Growth; Solidification; Diffusionless Phenomena

          8.2 Micro Structure of Engineering Materials (15 hours, Prof. N. Ohtake)

                     8.2.1 Potential energy and bonding of atoms

                     8.2.2 Crystal structure and crystal defects

                     8.2.3 Dislocation and plastic deformation

                     8.2.4 Strengthening mechanisms

                     8.2.5 X-ray diffraction

                     8.2.6 Analytical technique (SEM, TEM, EPMA, Ellipsometry, FT-IR, etc.)

          8.3 Fracture Mechanics and Material Analysis (15 hours, Dr. V. Uthaisangsuk)

                     8.3.1 Testing of strength and deformation behaviour

                     8.3.2 Testing of toughness behaviour

                     8.3.3 Material testing of sheet metals

                     8.3.4 FEM in material analysis