Open to students
of all nationalities having a bachelor degree

  • mechanical
  • transport
  • electro

Unique in Europe
two years master studies

  • high level of technical studies


  • combined with language studies

International cooperation
of six renowned universities

  • CTU in Prague
  • HAN
  • ENSTA Bretagne


  • ITB Bandung
  • TU Chemnitz
  • IFP Paris


Double degree
from two countries

  • depending on chosen universities and specialisations


  • Study stay in at least 2 countries

Eight specialisations
offered in the second year of study

  • Advanced Powertrains
  • Design of Vehicles
  • Alternative Powertrains
  • Modelisation and Computation

Eight specialisations
offered in the second year of study

  • Vehicle Dynamics and Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Powertrains
  • Engines and Fuels

Mechanical and Hydraulical Transmissions

Type Compulsory
Semester winter
Contact hours 78 (3 + 3)
Number of credits 6
Type of termination Assessment + Exam
Form Lectures + exercises
Lecturers Doc. Dr. Ing. Gabriela Achtenová  

Educate the basis of design and calculation of frictional driveaway clutches and manually shifted transmissions and their elements


* Introduction

Longitudinal vehicle dynamics. Vehicle resistances, force equilibrium. Speed characteristics of vehicles. Optimal gear ratio definition.

* Friction elements

Friction elements
Clutches (driveaway clutches) – calculation, design

* Manually actuated transmissions

Mechanical transmissions – function, design and trends, determination of ratio
Gear shift systems (Design, calculation, innovations)
Calculation of geometry and stress of gears
Calculation for life of shafts and bearings (specific points for vehicles)

* Automatic transmissions + planetary trains

* Automatic transmissions – function, design and trends

Calculation of elementary gear sets: graphical method, Willis formulae for ratio determination. Energetic study. Calculation of efficiency.
Calculation of nested planetary gear trains: graphical method, Willis formulae and matrix method for ratio determination. Energetic study. Calculation of efficiency.
Conditions of assembly of planetary gear sets

* CVT – function, design and trends

* Hydraulic transmissions

Hydrodynamic torque converter – function, calculation. Laboratory measumerement of characteristic of torque converter.
Hydromechanic transmissions
Mechanisms with split of power flow. Mechanisms combining different transmission types, or different energy sources. Principle and calculation.
Hydrostatic transmissions

* Differentials and mechanisms with more degree of freedom

* 4 wheel drives

Study materials

  1. Lecturing material and hand-outs
  2. Lechner, Naunheimer: Automotive Transmissions, Springer Verlag (basis textbook)
  3. Achtenová G.: Planetary Gear Sests in Automotive Transmissions. Study book. CTU in Prague. 2011

Czech Technical University in Prague

Technicka 4
16607 Prague 6
Czech republic

Phone: +420 224 352 499
Fax: +420 224 352 500


ITB – Institut Teknologi Bandung
Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Jl. Ganesa 10
40132 Bandung

Phone: +62-22-2504243
Fax: +62-22-2534099


TU Chemnitz
Technische Universität Chemnitz Fakultät für Maschinenbau

Reichenhainerstr. 70, A016
D-09126 Chemnitz
Deutschland (Germany)

Phone: +49 371 531 31079
Fax: +49 371 531 831079


HAN – Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen
Institut of Automotive Engineering and Management

Ruitenberglaan 29
NL-6802 CC Arnhem
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)6 55 20 88 19
Phone: +31 (0)26 365 82 15


ENSTA Bretagne
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées Bretagne

2, rue Francois Verny
F-29806 Brest Cedex 9

Phone: +33 (0)2 98 34 89 11
Fax: +33 (0)2 98 34 88 00


CTU in Prague
Coordinator of MAE

Gabriela Achtenová

IT Bandung | Head of Mechanical
Design Research Group

Andi Isra Mahyuddin

TU Chemnitz
Coordinator of MAE

Diana Lohse

HAN in Arnhem
Masters program manager

Kea Bouwman

ENSTA Bretagne
Coordinator of MAE

Yann Marco