480-4017/01 – Sensors in the Automotive Industry (SAP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of PhysicsCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Ondřej Životský, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Ondřej Životský, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2018/2019Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFAST, FEI, FS, FMT, HGF, USP, FBI, EKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
HER215 Ing. Radim Hercík, Ph.D.
ZIV01 doc. Ing. Ondřej Životský, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+3

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basic principles of sensors, which are used in the automotive industry. Students will learn the latest trends in hardware and software development of sensors, in response to physical, chemical and mechanical properties of the used materials. Students will also learn about the process of development and testing of these sensors. Acquired knowledge about the functioning of sensors will allow students to focus on the automobile components development with qualified manner. The practical part of the course includes excursions to the labs and development centers for the automotive industry.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs
Project work


Sensors are an integral part of every modern mean of transport. There is wide range of various sensors application in the automotive industry. In case of the sensors, mainly measured variables are temperature, level, concentration, pressure, speed, movement and other physical quantities. The path to a fully functional sensor consists of a wide range tread and development steps. The development process starts with the specification requirements for the sensor, with emphasis on feasibility, manufacturability, quality, and price. The next step is to define the requirements for mechanical design, development of appropriate software and hardware requirements, while maintaining the accuracy and reliability of the product. Development of sensors for the automotive industry includes a wide range of test and measurement verifications. Within the development of new products it is needed to fullfil a number of criteria defined by automotive standards. For these purposes, a complex developmental process is defined, that allows to fully control and manage the various development phases. In this course, students will learn about the latest trends in the development of sensors that are used in the automotive industry. The course will also includes a variety of excursions into development facilities and laboratories.

Compulsory literature:

Automotive sensors, ed. J. Turner, Momentum Press, 2009, pp. 278, New York, ISBN: 978-1-60650-009-5. Sensors for Automotive Technology, eds. J. Marek, H.-P. Trah, Y. Suzuki, I. Yokomori, Wiley-VCH, Volume 4 edition, 2003, pp. 584, ISBN: 978-3-52729-553-1.

Recommended literature:

Papers in scientific journals.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

During the semester, students complete tours and exercises in the laboratories. The aim of the tours is to acquaint students with scuba equipment, techniques and procedures used in the design, development and testing of new sensors. Practical verification taught issues. At the beginning of the semester, each student in collaboration with practitioners selects the theme of semester project, taking over the job as possible to get maximum 30 points. At the end of the semester students pass the final test, which will be evaluated up to 30 points. The exam will be oral (maximum 30 points) and written (maximum 10 points) form.


Další požadavky na studenta

Continuous preparation during the semester.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Lectures: 1. Introduction to the sensors used in the automotive industry. Semester work selection. 2. Proposal for a new product design, 3D modelling and functionality simulation of the prototype realization. 3. Definition of the materials used on the basis of their physical-chemical properties, taking into account the costs and environmental standards. 4. Testing of the materials with respect to their physical and mechanical properties, durability and reliability. 5. Measurement of temperature on the principle of thermoelectric effect, thermo resistivity and optical methods. Familiarization with different types of sensors and their comparison. 6. Physical properties of ultrasound, usage of the ultrasound in levels measurements and concentration, environmental influences and materials for quality measurement. Familiarization with different types of sensors and their comparison. 7. Physical principle of the pressure sensors operation, motion sensors and speed. Familiarization with different types of sensors and their comparison. 8. Measurement methods and instrumentation used in the laboratory for testing and validating of the various types of sensors. 9. The draft scheme and circuit boards with regard to electrical properties and EMC for automotive industry 10. Industrial Communication CAN and SENT, speed, its properties comparison. 11. Microprocessors used in the automotive industry, requirements for software development (MISRA) development tools. 12. Development of production technology, manufacturing process development and its implementation I. 13. Development of production technology, manufacturing process development and its implementation II. 14. The life cycle of the product development process, methods and development phase, the links between development steps, checkpoints (V-Cycle, PLC - Product Life Cycle) Laboratories: 1. Introduction to laboratory regulations, safety training. 2. Familiarization with the work of the prototype shop, methods of screening and 3D technology, 3D printing. 3. Metallographic sample preparation, 3D light microscopy, SEM-EDX analysis of the material. 4. Introduction to DMA, DSC and analysis of rheological variables. 5. Activation and cleaning of polymer surfaces by means of plasma application and methods used for polymers curing. 6. Methods for determination of strength, hardness, ductility and creep characteristics of the material. Fatigue and corrosion tests. 7. Visitation laboratory, familiarity with the issues and technology of thermoelectric measurements. 8. Methods of testing of sensors designed to measure the level, temperature and concentration of synthetic motor oils and urea. 9. Practical demonstration of pressure prototypes, speed and motion sensors. 10. Introduction to the processes of validation and verification of oil and urea sensors. 11. Visit in the hardware laboratory simulation of electrical circuits in PSpice, demonstrations of EMC reports. 12. Visit the software development department, implementation of communication drivers and bus parameters. 13. Microprocessors used in the automotive industry, development and programming tools, standard MISRA 14. The process of introducing a new product into production, instrument and monitor quality, problem-solving methods, customer feedback and its impact on the project.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2018/2019 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 40  20
        Examination Examination 60  15
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: Participation of students at exercises is mandatory.

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2019/2020 (N0533A110006) Applied Physics P Czech Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory type B study plan

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