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Essentials of Vehicle Dynamics

Book Description

Essentials of Vehicle Dynamics explains the essential mathematical basis of vehicle dynamics in a concise and clear way, providing engineers and students with the qualitative understanding of vehicle handling performance needed to underpin chassis-related research and development. Without a sound understanding of the mathematical tools and principles underlying the complex models in vehicle dynamics, engineers can end up with errors in their analyses and assumptions, leading to costly mistakes in design and virtual prototyping activities. Author Joop P. Pauwelussen looks to rectify this by drawing on his 15 years’ experience of helping students and professionals understand the vehicle as a dynamic system. He begins as simply as possible before moving on to tackle models of increasing complexity, emphasizing the critical role played by tire-road contact and the different analysis tools required to consider non-linear dynamical systems. Providing a basic mathematical background that is ideal for students or those with practical experience who are struggling with the theory, Essentials of Vehicle Dynamics is also intended to help engineers from different disciplines, such as control and electronic engineering, move into the automotive sector or undertake multi-disciplinary vehicle dynamics work.

  • Focuses on the underlying mathematical fundamentals of vehicle dynamics, equipping engineers and students to grasp and apply more complex concepts with ease.
  • Written to help engineers avoid the costly errors in design and simulation brought about by incomplete understanding of modeling tools and approaches.
  • Includes exercises to help readers test their qualitative understanding and explain results in physical and vehicle dynamics terms.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Preface
  6. Chapter One. Introduction
  7. Chapter Two. Fundamentals of Tire Behavior
    1. 2.1 Tire Input and Output Quantities
    2. 2.2 Free Rolling Tire
    3. 2.3 Rolling Resistance
    4. 2.4 The Tire Under Braking and Driving Conditions
    5. 2.5 The Tire Under Cornering Conditions
    6. 2.6 Combined Cornering and Braking/Driving
    7. 2.7 Physical Tire Models
  8. Chapter Three. Nonsteady-State Tire Behavior
    1. 3.1 Tire Transient Behavior
    2. 3.2 Dynamic Tire Response to Road Disturbances
  9. Chapter Four. Kinematic Steering
    1. 4.1 Axis Systems and Notations
    2. 4.2 Ackermann Steering
    3. 4.3 The Articulated Vehicle
  10. Chapter Five. Vehicle Handling Performance
    1. 5.1 Criteria for Good Handling
    2. 5.2 Single-Track Vehicle Modeling
    3. 5.3 Steady-State Analysis
    4. 5.4 Nonsteady-State Analysis
    5. 5.5 Graphical Assessment Methods
  11. Chapter Six. The Vehicle–Driver Interface
    1. 6.1 Assessment of Vehicle–Driver Performance
    2. 6.2 The Vehicle–Driver Interface, A System Approach
    3. 6.3 Vehicle–Driver Longitudinal Performance
    4. 6.4 Vehicle–Driver Handling Performance
  12. Chapter Seven. Exercises
    1. 7.1 Exercises for Chapter 2
    2. 7.2 Exercises for Chapter 3
    3. 7.3 Exercises for Chapter 4
    4. 7.4 Exercises for Chapter 5
    5. 7.5 Exercises for Chapter 6
  13. Appendix 1. State Space Format
  14. Appendix 2. System Dynamics
    1. A2.1 General Approach in N Dimensions
    2. A2.2 System Dynamics in Two Dimensions
    3. A2.3 Second-Order System in Standard Form
  15. Appendix 3. Root Locus Plot
  16. Appendix 4. Bode Diagram
  17. Appendix 5. Lagrange Equations
  18. Appendix 6. Vehicle Data
    1. A6.1 Passenger Car Data
    2. A6.2 Empirical Model Tire Data
  19. Appendix 7. Empirical Magic Formula Tire Model
  20. Appendix 8. The Power Spectral Density
  21. List of Symbols
  22. References
  23. Index