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I-Vehicle Dynamics

Course Code :2317FTIVDY
Study domain:Electromechanics
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:32
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Stijn Derammelaere

3. Course contents *

Vehicle dynamics of modern vehicles are one of the most difficult and complex matters in nowadays car technology. Basically the only contact between the vehicle and the road is made by the tires. This means that the tire properties are a key factor concerning the behaviour of the vehicle. With the steering system we want to make optimal use of the tires to guide the vehicle in the desired direction. This course aims to give a basic knowledge of steering systems and the forces acting on it. 

  • General introduction to vehicle dynamics.
  • The longitudinal dynamics of a car.
  • Tire behaviour based on existing theories and charts.                          
  • Coordinate systems used for the modelling of a vehicle.
  • Lagrangian formulation to derive the dynamics of a vehicle. 
  • A simplified model, known as the bicycle model, to discuss vehicle stability in both steady-state as well as in dynamic situations.
  • It is deduced how to perform a steady-state analysis for the bicycle model.
  • The forces and moments that act on a vehicle will be analyzed.
  • Analysis of the forces acting on the tires due to dynamic effects such as cornering, braking and accelerating. 
  • The g-g diagram will be explained.
  • The geometry of different types of suspension and steering systems are reviewed and analyzed.
  • Suspension
  • Braking dynamics.