Performance Vehicle Dynamics: Engineering and Applications offers an accessible treatment of the complex material needed to achieve level seven learning outcomes in the field. Users will gain a complete, structured understanding that enables the preparation of useful models for characterization and optimization of performance using the same Automotive or Motorsport industry techniques and approaches. As the approach to vehicle dynamics has changed over time, largely due to advances in computing power, the subject has, in practice, always been computer intensive, but this use has changed, with modeling of relatively complex vehicle dynamics topics now even possible on a PC.
Dr. Balkwill has a PhD in dynamics, teaches advanced vehicle dynamics, has extensive research experience in vehicle dynamics including PhD research studentships with F1 teams, and major contract research for volume manufacturers. He has been teaching Vehicle dynamics at the MSc. level for nearly two decades and there are former students of his in every F1 team and throughout the Motorsport and Automotive industry.
1. Introduction and Background 2. Tyres 3. Weight transfer and wheel loads 4. Straight line acceleration 5. Cornering 6. Braking 7. Suspension Kinematics 8. Dynamic Modelling of Vehicle Suspension 9. Lap-time, Manoeuvre and Full-vehicle Simulation