Specifiche master

  • Date: 25/10/2016 - 30/09/2017
  • Durata: 1 year
  • Lingua: Inglese

An internship period at the main companies in the automotive sector.

Engineering graduates (Bachelor degree), motivated and passionate about cars and related subjects. During the Master’s course, candidates will be required to have a predisposition and sensitivity to driving. Knowledge of English is indispensable.


Palazzo Vistarino
Via Sant'Ennodio, 26,
27100 Pavia PV

Quattroruote's Test Track
Vairano di Vidigulfo (PV)
Mail: masteruniversitario@quattroruote.it

The Course has started on October 25th 2016 and will finish at the end of September 2017.

The master’s course lasts one year for 1,500 hours, divided into frontal instruction at the University of Pavia, Palazzo Vistarino, practical exercises at the Quattroruote circuit (Vairano di Vidigulfo, Pavia), an internship period at the main companies in the automotive sector, guided tours to facilities related to the course, seminars, study activities and individual preparation.

The curriculum is made up of 10 modules: 8 teaching courses, 1 offered internship module by Automobili Lamborghini, VI-grade, ZF, TRW, Pagani, Danisi Engineering, Bridgestone, 1 “advanced short courses” module. 

The Master

The Master has the aim of training highly qualified professionals with a solid background in the design of vehicle dynamics and capable of operating in all the phases of design and development of the vehicle, from dynamic simulation to testing the prototype and the manufacture of the preproduction vehicle. Students on the Master’s course will gain special and specific competence in vehicle testing techniques, both virtually through CAE and experimentally on the vehicle (on track and road).

The training program, as an absolutely innovative element, includes, alongside frontal instruction, test sessions on the circuit of the Quattroruote Safe Driving Centre, during which the participants will be engaged at first hand in learning the techniques and methodologies used in testing, inspection, checks and fine tuning of the vehicle’s dynamic behaviour.

At introductory level, all the participants will take a course in advanced driving specially designed and oriented to the subsequent phase of testing and inspection on the circuit.

The training program of the Master’s course is completed, and this aspect also represents an innovation, by the use of a static simulator for developing vehicles in a virtual environment.



Total Vehicle Design

  • International Scenario and methodology process
  • Total vehicle benchmark Analyses
  • Methodology processes for total vehicle Design
  • Aerodynamics for Dynamics performances improvement and fuel consumption control. Integration between Aerodynamics and Style
Teacher Ing. Paolo Massai - Head of the Master’s Course

Fundamental Driving Dynamics

  • The role of K&C Rig Testing with CAE models
  • Chassis subsystem modeling for R&H.
  • Full vehicle virtual prototypes for Handling and Ride-Comfort
  • Road loads data prediction
  • Multi-attribute balancing
  • Coordinating with Control system development
  • Advanced experimental body modal contribution techniques
  • Integrated Engineering development process
  • Advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving
Teacher Ing. Valerio Cibrario

Virtual Dynamics Design and Simulation

  • Multibody analyses introduction
  • Adams Car. Real-time analyses
  • Rom real-time virtual Dynamics to Dynamic driving simulator
Teacher Ing. Francesco Ambrogi

Materials and Structural Design

  • Materials and processes in the Automotive Industry
  • Hybrid costruction of the vehicle: ferrous metal and alloys, engineered polymer composites and plastics, non ferrous metal and alloys
  • Body and exterior
  • Powertrain and chassis
  • Components
  • Mass reduction. Manufacturability and costs. Performance. Availability. Governments regulations. Customer requirements
  • Structural resistance and performance
  • Topology Optimization of structure

Teacher Ing. Andrea Rottigni, Prof. Paolo Venini

Propulsion: IC and Hybrid

  • Internal combustion engines: main features and performances
  • Fundamental parts and characteristics
  • Fuel consumption and efficiency
  • Design of engine mountings
  • Electric motors, generators, inverter
  • Batteries and energy storage systems
  • Drive-controller design
  • Hybrid vehicle design: parallel, series and dual system hybrid-drive configurations
Teacher Ing. Giovanni Bonandrini, PhD, Prof. Ezio Bassi, Prof. Francesco Benzi

Vehicle Dynamic Control

  • Introduction to the main controllers
  • Vehicle controls: braking, stability, traction, Vector
  • Passive, semi active and active suspension systems
Teacher Prof. Antonella Ferrara
Total Vehicle Testing and Development
  • Total vehicle development process, experimental and CAE
  • Standardized subjective and objective experimental tests to develop and evaluate Dynamic and Ride Comfort behavior
  • Driving course to learn Experimental Development Process: from test results to problem solving
  • Methodology to recognize problems and to approach problem solving. Failure Mode and Effect Analyses
Teacher Ing. Paolo Massai - Head of the Master’s Course
​Biomechanics: Driver / Vehicle interactions
  • Methodologies and instrumentations for driving technique assessment
  • Comfort and performance
  • Integrated measuring and monitoring system for driver/vehicle interaction
  • Driver/tester Physiology
  • Psycophysical determinants of stress and physilogical adaptation
  • Environmental factors
Teacher Prof. Carlo E. Rottenbacher, Ing. Cristiano Resta, Ing. Andrea Maria Cristiani, PhD, Ing. Alberto Ramponi, PhD, Dott. Daniele Zaccaria

An offered internship of 6 months in automotive industries will complete the training of the applicants. At the time, partners of the Programme are Automobili Lamborghini, VI-grade, ZF, TRW, Pagani, Danisi Engineering, Bridgestone.

Advanced short courses

During the Programme, the applicants will participate to Advanced Short Courses, held by expert professionals from Academics and Companies, on the following topics:
  • Composites application in Automotive - Eng. Luciano De Oto (Automobili Lamborghini), January 26th Location: palazzo Vistarino;
  • Tire/Vehicle Handling Analyses – Eng. Vincenzo Ciaravola, PhD (Bridgestone Tech Center Europe), February 17th Location: Vairano track;
  • Tire/Vehicle Handling: experimental test with different tire specifications - Eng. Carlo Stella (Bridgestone Tech Center Europe), February 17th Location: Vairano track;
  • Unconventional Vehicle Dynamics - Prof. Massimo Guiggiani, (University of Pisa), February 21st-22nd TO BE CONFIRMED Location: Palazzo Vistarino;
  • Experimental workshop on objective and subjective performance evaluations - Eng. Claudio Ricci (FCA), February 27th Location: Balocco proving ground - March 1st Location: palazzo Vistarino - March 21st Location: Vairano track
  •  Autonomous Vehicles and Regulation: a difficult relationship? – Barbara Bottalico, PhD (Center for Health Technologies & Center for Law, Science and New Technologies, University of Pavia, Lawyer), March 27th Location: Palazzo Vistarino;
  • Advanced techniques for the physical modelling of tyre/road interaction phenomena – Eng. Flavio Farroni, PhD (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Founder & CEO @MegaRide), March 29th-30th Location: Palazzo Vistarino.


Master Design and Development of Vehicle Dynamics

The Course has started on October 25th 2016 and will finish at the end of September 2017.