Course details

Automobile Electrical Units

IAEB Acad. year 2010/2011 Summer semester 6 credits

Current academic year

Review of automobile equipments. Electric power sources, alternators, starters. Ignition systems, electric light and signalization. digitally controlled electronic ignition. Safety systems. Navigation systems. Environment compatibility.


Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

39 hrs lectures, 26 hrs laboratories

Assessment points

60 exam, 40 half-term test


Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Automobile electric and electronic system review. Measurements and measuring methods.

Learning objectives

To acquaint students with a general review of automobile electrical machines and apparatuses and special parts (alternators, starters, batteries and ignition).

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Fundamentals of electrical and electronic engineering.

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Automobile Electric and Electronic Systems
  2. Alternators
  3. Batteries
  4. Starter Motors
  5. Ignition Systems
  6. Electronic Ignition
  7. Motormanagement
  8. Electronics Safety Systems
  9. Automobile Lighting
  10. Board Instruments
  11. HUD Systém
  12. Navigation Systems
  13. Influence of the Automotive Electric Equipment on Environment

Syllabus of laboratory exercises

  1. General methods of motor vehicles el. equipment measurements.
  2. Small resistances and torques measurements. PC based automation measurement system.
  3. Fractional horse power induction motor no-load. Loss distribution.
  4. Speed dependant machanical losses of alternator.
  5. Load characteristic of alternator.
  6. Test.
  7. Motor starter characteristics.
  8. Load characteristics of heating motor.
  9. Ignition coil measurement.
  10. Ignition distributor advance setting.
  11. High speed motors characteristics measurements.
  12. El. motors dynamic characteristics parameters measurements.
  13. Test.

Progress assessment

Written tests (2 in the semester).

Controlled instruction

Active work on laboratory practice, laboratory protocols, tests.

Exam prerequisites

Requirements for credits: Solved problems of laboratory tests, protocols of laboratory measurements.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, any year of study, Elective
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