Course detail

Gearing Devices of Vehicles

FSI-QRUAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course acquaints students with basic gear mechanisms of motor vehicles, their purpose, principle of function, construction and current state of development. The theoretical, constructional and operational aspects are taken into the account. During the lessons, presentation materials of functional samples provided by industrial partners and experimental technology in laboratories are used.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Basic knowledge corresponding to subjects of theoretical foundations of bachelor study at FME BUT, especially statics, kinematics, dynamics, elasticity and strength.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

The course-unit credit is awarded on following conditions:

- active attendance in the seminars,

- passed a credit test.

The exam verifies the knowledge gained in lectures and seminars, is written and in case of necessity also oral.

Attendance in the seminars and laboratories is compulsory, and controlled by teacher. The form of compensation the attendance for serious reasons of absence is solved individually with the course supervisor, mostly by elaboration of substitute tasks.


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the problem of transmission of torque from powertrain unit to vehicle driving wheels. The aim is to obtain a comprehensive idea of the individual possibilities of conceptual-design solutions of partial components of the drivetrain.

By completion of this course, the student will acquire knowledge that is a prerequisite for independent design work in the field of vehicle transmissions, the ability to evaluate and optimize design designs from the point of view of their practical implementation.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Basic literature

NAUNHEIMER, Harald. Automotive transmissions: fundamentals, selection, design, and application. 2nd ed. Přeložil Aaron KUCHLE. Berlin: Springer, c2011. ISBN 978-3-642-16213-8. (EN)
Fischer, Robert & Küçükay, Ferit & Jürgens, Gunter & Najork, Rolf & Pollak, Burkhard. (2015). The Automotive Transmission Book. 10.1007/978-3-319-05263-2. (EN)
ACHTENOVÁ, Gabriela. Planetary gear sets in automotive transmissions. 2. vydání. V Praze: České vysoké učení technické, 2017. ISBN 978-80-01-06359-0. (EN)

Recommended reading

ACHTENOVÁ, Gabriela. Převodná ústrojí motorových vozidel. V Praze: České vysoké učení technické, 2011. ISBN 978-80-01-04855-9. (CS)
ACHTENOVÁ, Gabriela, Jan BANĚČEK a Josef KOLÁŘ. Převodná ústrojí vozidel: návrh odstupňování převodovek. V Praze: České vysoké učení technické, 2014. ISBN 978-80-01-05557-1. (CS)
ACHTENOVÁ, Gabriela a Vojtěch KLÍR. Převodná ústrojí motorových vozidel. 2. vydání. Praha: České vysoké učení technické v Praze, 2018. ISBN 978-80-01-06470-2. (CS)
ACHTENOVÁ, Gabriela a Vlastislav TŮMA. Vozidla s pohonem všech kol. Praha: BEN - technická literatura, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7300-236-7. (CS)
TŮMA, Jiří. Vehicle gearbox noise and vibration: measurement, signal analysis, signal processing and noise reduction measures. Chichster: John Wiley, 2014, 243 s. ISBN 9781118359419. (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-ADI-P Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Conception of transmissions
  2. Clutches, automatic clutches, hydrodynamic clutches
  3. Manual transmissions
  4. Shift synchronization, shifting devices
  5. Transmissions shifted under load
  6. Dual-clutch transmissions
  7. Planetary transmissions
  8. Automatic transmissions
  9. Transmissions for hybrid drives and electric drives
  10. Drive shafts
  11. Differentials
  12. Axle drive, all-wheel drive
  13. Design and diagnostics of transmissions

Laboratory exercise

8 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


3. Disassembly and assembly of manual transmission

5. Disassembly and assembly of gearbox shifted under load

7. Disassembly and assembly of the planetary gearbox

12. Possibilities of transmissions testing 


18 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Force ratios in the transmission 

2. Calculation of starting clutch parameters

4. Kinematic analysis of manual transmission

6. Kinematic analysis of gearbox shifted under load

8. Kinematic analysis of the planetary gearbox

9. Calculation of hybrid drive parameters 1

10. Calculation of hybrid drive parameters 2

11. Calculation of axle and drivedifferential parameters

13. Credit test