While a variety of new engineering methods are becoming available to assist in creating optimal vehicle designs, subjective evaluation of vehicle behavior is still a vital tool to deliver desired braking, handling, and other dynamic response characteristics. In order to better prepare today"s engineer for this task, this course offers twelve modules devoted to key the fundamental principles associated with longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics. Each focused classroom session is paired with an on-track exercise to immediately reinforce these concepts with a dedicated behind-the-wheel driving session, effectively illustrating these principles in the real world.
Note that unlike most driving schools, this course is not designed to train performance drivers. Rather, the exercises on days one and two build the bridge between vehicle dynamics theory and practical application by providing a rich academic underpinning and then reinforcing it with highly focused and relevant driving experiences.
Significant technical skill-building is provided on day three, with increased instructor-supervised track time to further absorb the principles learned on days one and two. If your job description does require performance driving skills, the dynamic exercises on day three will lay a solid foundation on which you can independently refine your own skills.
This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 24 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.
While not required, potential attendees should have an undergraduate engineering degree or a strong technical background. As a minimum, a basic knowledge of college algebra, college physics, and a familiarity with vehicle brake and suspension systems
SAE Members: $2396.00 - $2696.00
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
"Excellent forum to explore basic vehicle dynamics concepts and apply those concepts immediately in a vehicle. The class is well segmented between classroom and vehicle learning with good flow of course material."
Senior Engineer - Vehicle Research
Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
"You will never have a full understanding of vehicle dynamics without this course as a base. While the screeching tires and smoke add to the effect, the experience "sticks" in your head."
Research Engineer - Tire Mechanics
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
"The class is a very good mix of classroom time and in-vehicle time and is the most fun class I've taken at SAE. It is ear-grinning fun while learning."
Chief, Vehicle Dynamics Division
"Excellent to (finally) get to combine theory with practice in the same seminar."
Mercedes-Benz R&D North America
"My overall understanding of vehicle dynamics has dramatically improved. I can now more confidently relate what I feel as a driver to what the vehicle is actually doing. Exactly what I came here for.
Systems Calibration Engineer
"Learn something - do it. Learn some more - do it. Can't ask for a better instructor."
Senior Analysis Specialist
BMW Manufacturing Corp. LLC
To register, click Register button at the top of this page and submit the online form, or contact SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (724/776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at CustomerService@sae.org.