This interactive seminar will take you beyond the basics of passenger car and light truck vehicle dynamics by applying advanced theory, physical tests and CAE to the assessment of ride, braking, steering and handling performance. Governing state-space equations with transfer functions for primary ride and open loop handling will be developed & analyzed. Building on the analysis of the state space equations, common physical tests and their corresponding CAE solutions for steady state and transient vehicle events will be presented. The "state-of-the-art" of vehicle dynamics CAE will be discussed. Common lab and vehicle tests and corresponding metrics used to assess chassis system and vehicle performance will be discussed in great detail. Hands-on workshops using CARSIMTM vehicle dynamics simulation software will help reinforce the material. Significant time will also be dedicated to the use of design of experiments (DOE) as a tool to assist in the analysis and optimization of chassis systems for multiple vehicle responses.
Participants should bring a scientific calculator to participate in the classroom workshops.
This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 18 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.
Timothy Drotar is currently a product development engineer at Ford Motor Company where he specializes in chassis systems and vehicle dynamics for passenger cars and light trucks. He also has developed engineering training in suspension and steering. Previously, he worked for Saturn Corporation in product engineering. Tim is a member of the Course Industry Advisor Board for Chassis Systems Design at Kettering University, and a member of SAE and SCCA. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
SAE Members: $1436.00 - $1616.00
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
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