Chapter One

Introduction

Chapter 1 introduces the main topics and provides an outline of the book. It briefly discusses the application of vehicle dynamics in vehicle design, the required background of the reader, and the system approach. It emphasizes the importance of tire–road contact, the vehicle–driver interface, and the distinction between linear and nonlinear extreme vehicle behavior.

Keywords

Tire characteristics; vehicle dynamic behavior; linear vehicle behavior; nonlinear vehicle behavior; vehicle stability; vehicle–driver interface

Vehicle dynamics describes the behavior of a vehicle, using dynamic analysis tools. Therefore, to understand vehicle behavior, one must have a sufficient background in dynamics. These dynamics may be linear, ...

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