Fundamentals of vehicle dynamics (DIN010)

This course has the following objectives:

  • To present the mathematical modeling as a representation tool of vehicle dynamics;
  • To introduce the study of vehicle dynamics for understanding of the vehicle movement behavior;
  • To present the typical areas of vehicle dynamics and the fundamental aspects to be analyzed in each area;
  • To discuss the physical laws necessary for the study of vehicle dynamics;
  • To discuss the use of computational tools and to illustrate the theoretical aspects using practical applications.

Topics:

  • Introduction
    • Introduction to the product development
    • Mathematical models
  • Fundamentals of vehicle dynamics
    • Introduction to vehicle dynamics
    • Classification of problems in vehicle dynamics
    • Coordinate systems and physical quantities
    • Mathematical models of tire-wheel set
  • Longitudinal Dynamics
    • Introduction
    • Acceleration performance
    • Braking performance
    • Gradeability
    • Lateral stability of a braking vehicle
  • Vertical Dynamics
    • Introduction
    • Description of road irregularities
    • Chassis and suspension models
    • 1-DOF model
    • Quarter car model
    • Pitch plane model
    • Roll model
    • Human exposure to whole-body vibration
  • Lateral Dynamics
    • Introduction
    • Single Track Model
    • Stability analysis
    • Steady state response
    • Transient response
  • Under and over steering
    • Understeer gradient
    • Determination of understeer gradient

Basic bibliography

  • Bosch. Automotive Handbook, 2nd edition, 1986.
  • Gillespie, T.D. Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics, 1992.
  • Rill, G. Simulation von Kraftfahrzeugen, 1994.
  • Bastow, D. & Howard, G. Car Suspension and Handling, 3rd edition, 1993.