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Gregory Horn

5 star rating

“I have just completed the online course. The material was excellent and I gained a very good understanding of military vehicle technology. The course recommended it would take 40hrs but if you watch all the videos and read all the extra supplied m...”

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“I have just completed the online course. The material was excellent and I gained a very good understanding of military vehicle technology. The course recommended it would take 40hrs but if you watch all the videos and read all the extra supplied material it can take a lot longer and more like 50 to 60 hours. This is reflective in the large amount of excellent content. I highly recommend the course for both beginners to military vehicles and also people who have been working in this field for a while.”

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Stan Stajic

5 star rating

“Great course content and support from Mark. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to know more about Military Vehicle technology. ”

“Great course content and support from Mark. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to know more about Military Vehicle technology. ”

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Stuart Enright

4 star rating

“An excellent course. I'm glad I took longer than 40 hours to complete it, as there's a lot of information to process”

“An excellent course. I'm glad I took longer than 40 hours to complete it, as there's a lot of information to process”

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Course Description

40 Hours

This 40 hour professional development short course provides you with an in-depth study into the engineering science and technology used in the design of modern military combat, logistic and amphibious vehicles. 

Throughout the course, you will learn the technical factors underpinning military land vehicle design and the resultant advantages and disadvantages associated with various mobility technologies.  A series of structured quizzes will assist you to further develop your understand relating to key areas of automotive design, vehicle handling, track vehicle steering, suspension design, and vehicle mobility and terramechanics.

As part of the course you receive an e-copy of the course folder, course presentation slides, a transcript for each learning module, formula booklet and copies of the course references. Access is available to the learning material for 12 weeks.

The course is designed to cater for students needing a working level understanding of the fundamental engineering science and technology used in the design of modern military vehicles.  Some basic mathematics and calculator skills are needed during the course.

Course Instructor

Expert in Military Vehicle Technology

Mark has over 25 years’ experience working on complex projects as a senior professional engineer and project manager. Over the years, he has worked on many large defence major capital acquisition programs both in US, Australia, Middle-east and Europe. In recent years, he has focused on developing a market-leading Institute of Technology and has developed a broad range of niche education and training courses specialising in systems engineering and military vehicle technology. Mark holds an honours degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science (Defence Technology).

Mark Eggler

Expert Instructor

Course curriculum

40 Hours

  • 02
  • 03

    Student Resources

    • Course Training Folder

    • Formula Booklet

    • List of Acronyms

    • List of Symbols

  • 04

    Module 1 Historical Overview & Introduction to Land Vehicles (3 Hrs)

  • 05

    Module 2 Fighting Vehicle Design (3 hrs)

    • Module 2 Readings

    • Module 2 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 4

    • 4.0 Introduction and Scope

    • Video 3.1 (E) - Development of Puma IFV

    • 4.1 Design Balance

    • 4.2 Critical Dimensions – Vehicle Width and Height

    • 4.3 Critical Dimensions – Turret Ring Diameter

    • 4.4 Critical Dimensions – L over C and Pitch Ratios

    • Quiz 4 - Lesson 4

    • Audio Lesson 5

    • 5.1 Design Problems and Trade-Offs

    • 5.2 Powerpack and Sprocket Positioning

    • 5.3 Turret and Gun Configurations

    • 5.4 Survivability

    • Audio 1.1 (E) - Fighting vehicle developments (Interview with Christopher Foss)

    • Quiz 5 - Lesson 5

    • Audio Lesson 6

    • 6.1 Vehicle Fitted NBC Systems

    • 6.2 NBC Filters

    • 6.3 Toxic Free Area Environment Regulation

    • Video 3.2 (E) - FNSS PARS 6x6 CBRN Vehicle

    • 6.4 Vehicle Availability

    • Video 3.3 (E) - Megafactories - M1 Abrams Tank (Part 1)

    • Video 3.4 (E) - Megafactories - M1 Abrams Tank (Part 2)

    • 6.5 End Fighting Vehicle Design

    • Quiz 6 - Lesson 6

  • 06

    Module 3 Logistic Vehicle Design (2 hrs)

    • Module 3 Readings

    • Module 3 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 7

    • 7.0 Introduction and Scope

    • Video 4.1. (E) - Logistics Vehicle Design Intro Video

    • 7.1 Historical Overview

    • 7.2 Common Design Considerations

    • 7.3 Chassis & Sub-frames

    • 7.4 Load Sharing Suspensions

    • 7.5 Towing Issues and Couplings

    • Video 4.2. (E) - Truck and Trailer vs 60 Degree Slope

    • Video 4.3. (E) - Truck and Trailer vs Water Obstacle

    • 7.6 Tray-type Logistics Vehicles

    • Video 4.4. (E) - Tatra Tray Vehicle Mobility Demonstration

    • Quiz 7 - Lesson 7

    • Audio Lesson 8

    • Video 4.5. (E) - Oshkosh HET Mobility Demonstration

    • 8.1 Tractors

    • Video 4.6. (E) - MAN TGA ILHS 8x4 Loading ISO Container

    • 8.2 Integrated Load Handling Systems

    • 8.3 Flatracks and DASLI

    • Video 4.7. (E) - RMMV HTRV Demonstration

    • 8.4 Recovery Vehicles and Summary

    • Video 4.8. (E) - EKA Recovery Vehicles

    • Quiz 8 - Lesson 8

  • 07

    Module 4 Engine Technology (2 hrs)

    • Module 4 Readings

    • Module 4 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 9

    • 9.0 Introduction and Scope

    • 9.1 Internal Combustion Engine Overview and Requirements

    • 9.2 Engine Anatomy and Configurations

    • Video 5.1 (E) - Engine Configurations

    • 9.3 Fuel Consumption and Performance Indicators

    • Video 5.2 (E) - SI 4 Stroke Engine Basic Principles

    • 9.4 Spark Ignition Engines

    • Video 5.3 (E) - CI 4 Stroke Engine Basic Principles

    • 9.5 Compression Ignition Engines

    • Quiz 9 - Lesson 9

    • Audio Lesson 10

    • 10.1 Euro 4 and 5 Engines and Pollution Reduction

    • 10.2 MTU Examples

    • 10.3 Boosting Performance – Superchargers

    • Video 5.4 (E) - How a Turbocharger Works

    • 10.4 Boosting Performance – Turbochargers

    • 10.5 Gas Turbines

    • Video 5.5 (E) - AGT 1500 Gas Turbine

    • 10.6 Future Developments and Conclusion

    • Quiz 10 - Lesson 10

  • 08

    Module 5 Transmissions & Driveline Technology (4 hrs)

    • Module 5 - Readings

    • Module 5 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 11

    • 11.0 Introduction and Scope

    • 11.1 Requirements, Components and Configurations

    • 11.2 Gear Matching and Final Drive Ratio

    • 11.3 Power Take-up Components – Dry Plate Friction Clutches

    • Video 6.1. (E) - How a Clutch Works

    • 11.4 Power Take-up Components – Torque Converter

    • Video 6.2. (E) - Torque Converter

    • Video 6.3. (E) - Torque Converter Operation

    • Quiz 11 - Lesson 11

    • Audio Lesson 12

    • 12.1 Transmissions – Manual (Layshaft)

    • Video 6.4. (E) - Gear Ratio

    • Video 6.5. (E) - Gearbox Operation

    • 12.2 Transmissions – Dual Clutch

    • Video 6.6. (E) - Dual Clutch Transmission

    • 12.3 Transmissions – Automatic (Epicyclic)

    • Video 6.7. (E) - Planetary Gearing

    • Video 6.8. (E) - Automatic Transmissions

    • 12.4 Transmissions – Semi-automatic

    • Video 6.8.1. (E) - Semi-automatic Transmissions

    • 12.5 Transmissions – Continuously Variable

    • Video 6.9. (E) - How a CVT Works and its Operation

    • 12.6 Transmissions – Zeroshift and Future Development

    • Video 6.10. (E) - Zeroshift

    • 12.7 Final Drive and Differential

    • Video 6.11. (E) - RWD Final Drive

    • Video 6.12. (E) - How a Differential Works and Types of Differentials

    • Video 6.13. (E) - ZF Hybrid Vector Differential

    • 12.8 Propeller Shafts and Connecting Joints

    • Video 6.14. (E) - Hookes-Cardon Joint

    • 12.9 End Transmissions and Drivelines

    • Quiz 12 - Lesson 12

    • Audio Lesson 12A

    • 12A.1. Introduction and Scope - HED

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    • Video 12A.1 (E) - The Shadow Hybrid Electric Drive Vehicle

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    • 12A.2. Historical Overview

    • 12A.3. Hybrid-Electric Drives and Driving Forces.pdf

    • 12A.4. Hybrid-Electric Drives – Series Layout

    • 12A.5. Hybrid-Electric Drives – Parallel and Other Layouts

    • Video 12A.3 (E) - Qinetiq’s E-X-drive™ Tracked Vehicle Transmission

    • 12A.6. Benefits and Challenges in the Military Environment

    • 12A.7. Current Trends and Summary

    • Video 12A.4 (E) - Genesis Hybrid Electric Drive Combat Vehicle

    • 12A.8. End

    • Quiz 12A

  • 09

    Module 6 Tracks, Running Gear & Tracked Vehicle Steering (3 hrs)

    • Module 6 - Readings

    • Module 6 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 13

    • 13.0 Introduction and Scope

    • 13.1 Fundamental Requirements and Performance Metrics

    • 13.2 Road Wheels

    • 13.3 Track Functional Requirements and Track Types

    • 13.4 Single Pin Tracks

    • 13.5 Double Pin Tracks

    • 13.6 Track Design Issues

    • 13.7 General Issues with Track Selection

    • 13.8 Rubber Band Tracks

    • Video 7.1. (E) - Rubber Band Tracks and Running Gear

    • Quiz 13 - Lesson 13

    • Audio Lesson 14

    • 14.1 Introduction to Tracked Vehicle Steering

    • 14.2 Skid Steering – How It Works

    • 14.3. Mechanics of Skid Steering and Important Relationships

    • 14.4. Skid Steering Equilibrium Analysis

    • 14.5. Longitudinal Track Forces and Implications

    • Quiz 14 - Lesson 14

    • Audio Lesson 15

    • 15.1. Calculating Operating Condition (Parameter Xe’) and Sprocket Torque

    • 15.2. Kinematics of Skid Steering – Sprocket Speed Ratio and Turn Radius

    • 15.3. Kinematics of Skid Steering – Slip Factor and Power

    • 15.4. Comparing Theory with Practice

    • 15.5. Skid Steering Transmissions – Clutch and Brake, Geared Systems.pdf

    • 15.6. Skid Steering Transmissions – Braked, Controlled and Double Differentials and Hydrostatic Steering

    • Video 7.2-1. (E) - Double Differential Steering

    • Video 7.3. (E) - Triple Differential Steering

    • 15.7. End Tracked Vehicle Steering

    • Quiz 15 - Lesson 15

  • 10

    Module 7 Automotive Performance (2 hrs)

    • Module 7 - Readings

    • Module 7 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 16

    • 16.0 Introduction and Scope

    • Video 8.1 (E) - Automotive Performance Introduction

    • 16.1 Automotive Performance

    • 16.2 Rolling Resistance

    • 16.3 Aerodynamic Resistance

    • 16.4 Gradient Resistance and Road Load

    • Quiz 16 - Lesson 16

    • Audio Lesson 17

    • 17.1 Normal Force, Adhesion Force and Tractive Effort

    • 17.2 Constant Power Concept

    • 17.3 Gearing Requirements

    • 17.4 Tractive Effort, Overall Gear Ratio & Road Power

    • 17.5 Example and Tractive Effort Model

    • 17.6 End Automotive Performance

    • Quiz 17 - Lesson 17

  • 11

    Module 8 Amphibious Vehicle Design (3 hrs)

    • Module 8 - Readings

    • Module 8 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 18

    • 18.0 Introduction and Scope

    • Video 9.1. (E) - Russian River Crossing Exercise

    • 18.1 Shallow Fording

    • Video 9.2. (E) - Shallow Fording Jeep

    • 18.2 Deep Fording

    • Video 9.3. (E) - Deep Fording Video

    • Video 9.4. (E) - Tank Deep Fording and Snorkeling

    • 18.3 Snorkel Fording (General).pdf

    • Video 9.5. (E) - Underwater Fording View

    • 18.4 Snorkel Fording – Design Issues I

    • 18.5 Snorkel Fording – Design Issues II

    • 18.6 Swimming and Propulsion

    • Video 9.6. (E) - EFV Swimming

    • Video 9.6-1 (E) - AAAV Rollover in Rough Surf

    • Quiz 18 - Lesson 18

    • Audio Lesson 19

    • 19.1 Floatation and Buoyancy

    • 19.2 Stability (General)

    • 19.3 Transverse Stability

    • Video 9.7. (E) - Metacenter Definition

    • 19.4 Free Surface Effects

    • Video 9.8. (E) - Free Surface Effects

    • 19.5 Longitudinal Stability

    • 19.6 Recent Amphibious Vehicles

    • Video 9.9. (E) - Marines Practice Beach Landing

    • Video 9.10. (E) - The EFV (Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle)

    • 19.7 End Amphibious Vehicle Design

    • Quiz 19 - Lesson 19

    • Video 9.11. (D) - Documentary on the Military Amphibious DUKW Duck

  • 12

    Module 9 Tyre Technology (2 hrs)

    • Module 9 - Readings

    • Module 9 - Transcript

    • Audion Lesson 20

    • 20.0 Tyres – Introduction and Scope

    • 20.1 Rims and Tyre Construction

    • Video 10.1. (E) - Types of Wheels and Design Requirements of Tyres

    • Video 10.2. (E) - Rim Sizes and Designations

    • Video 10.3. (E) - Tyre Construction

    • 20.2 Tyre Types

    • Video 10.4. (E) - Cross Ply Tyres

    • Video 10.5. (E) - Radial Ply Tyres

    • Video 10.6. (E) - Radial Ply Tyres – Design Characteristics

    • 20.3 Tread Patterns.pdf

    • 20.4 Runflat Tyres and Split Rims

    • Video 10.7. (E) - Hutchinson Runflat Tyres

    • 20.5 New Tyre Developments

    • 20.6 CTIS – Tyre Pressure and Components

    • 20.7 CTIS – Benefits

    • Quiz 20 - Lesson 20

    • Audion Lesson 21

    • 21.1 Tyre Characteristics – Introduction and Scope

    • 21.2 Tyre Handling Behaviour and Slip Angle

    • Video 10.8. (E) - Slip Angle

    • 21.3 Corner Force and Cornering Stiffness

    • 21.4 Camber Force and Camber Stiffness

    • Video 10.9. (E) - Camber

    • 21.5 Self-aligning Torque and Rolling Resistance

    • 21.6 Longitudinal Force and Slip

    • 21.7 Behaviour of Runflat Tyres

    • Video 10.10. (E) - Runflat Tyres Test

    • 21.8 End Tyre Technology

    • Quiz 21 - Lesson 21

  • 13

    Module 10 Wheeled Vehicle Steering & Vehicle Handling (2 hrs)

    • Module 10 - Readings

    • Module 10 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 22

    • 22.0 Wheeled Vehicle Steering – Introduction and Scope

    • 22.1 Articulated Steering

    • 22.2 Skid and Wagon Steering

    • 22.3 Ackermann Steering

    • 22.4 Steering Geometry and Caster

    • 22.5 Camber and King-pin Axis Inclination

    • 22.6 Vehicle Handling – Introduction and Scope

    • Video 11.1. (E) - Vehicle Handling Introduction

    • 22.7 Low Speed Turning – Ackermann Angle

    • 22.8 Bicycle Handling and Neutral Steer Point

    • Quiz 22 - Lesson 22

    • Audion Lesson 23

    • 23.1 Correction Steer Angle and Static Margin

    • 23.2 Case Studies

    • 23.3 Handling in a Corner

    • 23.4 Kinematics of Cornering Vehicles I

    • Video 11.2. (E) - Kinematics of Cornering Vehicles

    • 23.5 Kinematics of Cornering Vehicles II

    • 23.6 Directional Stability and Critical Speed

    • Video 11.3. (E) - Vehicle Dynamics

    • 23.7 Factors Affecting Vehicle Handling

    • Quiz 23 - Lesson 23

  • 14

    Module 11 Suspensions, Ride & Human Response to Vibration (3 hrs)

    • Module 11 - Readings

    • Module 11 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 24

    • 24.0 Suspensions - Introduction and Scope

    • 24.1 Suspension Requirements

    • Video 12.1. (E) - Springs and Shock Absorbers

    • 24.2 Springs and Shock Absorbers

    • Video 12.2. (E) - Suspension Systems Introduction

    • 24.3 Tracked Vehicle Suspensions

    • 24.4 Wheeled Vehicle Suspensions I

    • Video 12.3. (E) - Independent Suspensions

    • 24.5 Wheeled Vehicle Suspensions II

    • 24.6 Future Developments

    • Quiz 24 - Lesson 24

    • Audio Lesson 25

    • 25.1 Ride & Vibration - Introduction and Scope

    • 25.2 Ride Concepts and Vibration

    • Video 12.4. (E) - Ride Basics

    • 25.3 Road Roughness and Power Spectral Density.pdf

    • 25.4 Types of Vehicle Vibration

    • 25.5 Vehicle Dynamic Response

    • 25.6 Free Vibrations and Natural Frequency

    • 25.7 Damped Vibration and Shock Absorbers

    • Video 12.5. (E) - Damped Vibration

    • Quiz 25 - Lesson 25

    • Audio Lesson 26

    • 26.1. Tracked Vehicle Ride

    • 26.2 Resonance and Sprung Mass Acceleration

    • Video 12.6. (E) - Resonance Effects

    • 26.3 Quarter Car Model, Ride Rate and Motion Equations

    • Video 12.7. (E) - Dynamic Response

    • 26.5 Pitch, Bounce and Wheelbase Filtering

    • 26.4 Vibration Analysis and Vibration Isolation

    • 26.6 Centres of Oscillation

    • 26.7 Human Response to Vibration

    • 26.8. ISO Standards - Human Exposure to Whole-body Vibration

    • Quiz 26 - Lesson 26

  • 15

    Module 12 Vehicle Mobility & Terramechanics (4 hrs)

    • Module 12 - Readings

    • Module 12 - Transcript

    • Audio Lesson 27

    • 27.0 Vehicle Mobility-Introduction and Scope

    • 27.1 Mobility Categories and Soil Properties

    • 27.2 Traction and Drawbar Pull

    • 27.3 Ground Pressure Relationships

    • 27.4 Vehicle Cone Index and Vehicle Limiting Cone Index

    • 27.5 NATO Reference Mobility Model

    • 27.6 Work by Wong

    • Video 13.1. (E) - Reconfigurable Wheel-Track (Darpa)

    • 27.7 Tyres vs Tracks and Tracked Vehicle Design Principles.pdf

    • Quiz 27 - Lesson 27

    • Audio Lesson 28

    • 28.1 Terramechanics-Introduction and Scope

    • 28.2 Soil Properties

    • Video 13.2. (E) - The Particulate Nature of Soil

    • 28.3 Soil Strength

    • Video 13.3. (E) - Shear Strength of Soil

    • Video 13.4. (E) - Effect of Particle Size and Strength on Soil Strength

    • 28.4 Calculating Traction Forces and Slip

    • 28.5 Micklethwait’s Equation

    • 28.6 Factors Effecting Drawbar Pull

    • Quiz 28 - Lesson 28

    • Audio Lesson 29

    • 29.1 Calculating Soil Resistance Force

    • 29.2 Parametric Methods

    • Video 13.5. (E) - Simulation of Terramechanics

    • 29.3 Empirical Methods – Nominal Ground Pressure

    • 29.4. Empirical Methods – Mean Maximum Pressure

    • 29.5 Mean Maximum Pressure in Practice

    • Quiz 29 - Lesson 29

    • Audio Lesson 30

    • 30.1 Cone Index and Remoulding Index

    • 30.2 Vehicle Cone Index

    • 30.3 Estimating Vehicle Cone Index

    • 30.4. Vehicle Limiting Cone Index

    • 30.5. Mobility Numerics

    • 30.6 Mobility Numerics – Performance Equations

    • Quiz 30 - Lesson 30

  • 16

    Course Survey and Feedback

    • We Value Your Feedback

    • Feedback on Study Modules

    • General Feedback on Course

    • Additonal Comments

  • 17

    About Eggler

    • 13.1. About Eggler

    • 13.2. Professional courses overview

    • 13.3. Video - Capability Design and MBSE Courses

    • 13.4. Education and training courses

    • 13.5. Video - Online Diploma of Military Technology (Vehicles & Mobility)

    • 13.6. Training Partnerships

    • 13.7. Presentation-Eggler Capability Briefing

    • 13.8. White Paper - A Practice Based Approach to Learning Systems Engineering

    • 13.9. Podcast-Mark Eggler talks about Eggler's exporting success

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