Jul 05, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ME 402 - Vehicle Dynamics

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course covers the application of engineering mechanics to the design of road vehicles. Topics include pneumatic tires, load transfer, performance limits, suspension and steering, and handling and response. (prereq: ME 230 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Simulate acceleration and braking performance of common vehicles
  • Model the normal road loads acting on vehicles
  • Model and simulate suspension forces due to road inputs and steady state cornering forces
  • Design and simulate common suspension and steering geometries
  • Apply tire properties to vehicle performance

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics of systems

Course Topics
  • Introduction to modeling and dynamic loads
  • Power and traction limited acceleration models
  • Braking performance, forces, and systems
  • Road loads, aerodynamic drag, and rolling resistance
  • Ride and suspension models
  • Steady state cornering, forces, and suspension effects
  • Analysis of common suspensions
  • Analysis of common steering systems
  • Properties and construction of tires
  • Safety ratings and roll-over propensity

Dr. Nebojsa Sebastijanovic

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