Vehicle design always involves conflicting goals. A suspension system that?s optimized for ride is not always the best for handling. The powertrain that gives best acceleration is not likely to be the most fuel-efficient.
This course addresses the motor vehicle as a system. By increasing your knowledge of the primary mechanics for all modes of performance, you?ll better appreciate how to optimize the overall vehicle. This will allow you to predict performance of a given design early in the design process, identify the conflicts in designing for optimal performance in different modes, and set directions for design changes that will improve performance of a given mode.
This on-demand course featuring vehicle dynamics expert and best-selling author, Thomas D. Gillespie, provides a broad overview of vehicle performance, including engineering analyses and formulas that will allow you to calculate useful performance metrics. The goal of this course is to provide you with the tools to predict the performance of a car or truck in accelerating/braking, ride, and handling/rollover. In the process, you?ll come to understand the basic mechanisms and engineering principles that govern steering and suspension system design, as well as develop familiarity with the terminology.
This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 16 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.
By participating in this on-demand course, you'll be able to:
*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.
The course will be beneficial to anyone interested in automotive performance, including professional engineers who need to understand the vehicle as a system, have technical interest in vehicle performance, or are involved in the design and development of automotive vehicles. The course could also be valuable to technologists working to achieve a high level of vehicle performance and managers responsible for vehicle design, development, and testing. Anyone involved in the manufacture of cars or trucks, OEM or after-market components, design and construction of specialty vehicles, racing, or vehicle safety and accident analysis/reconstruction could also find value in this course.
The instructor's book of the same title is an excellent companion to this course.
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