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Commercial Vehicle Braking Systems

Increased public pressure to improve commercial truck safety and new stopping distance regulations have intensified the need to better understand the factors influencing heavy vehicle braking performance. To assist individuals and their organizations in preparing for these new truck braking standards, this seminar focuses attendees on understanding medium-duty hydraulic brake systems and heavy-duty air brake systems and how both systems' performance can be predicted, maintained and optimized.
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Vehicle Dynamics for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks

This seminar will present an introduction to Vehicle Dynamics from a vehicle system perspective. The theory and applications are associated with the interaction and performance balance between the powertrain, brakes, steering, suspensions and wheel and tire vehicle subsystems. The role that vehicle dynamics can and should play in effective automotive chassis development and the information and technology flow from vehicle system to subsystem to piece-part is integrated into the presentation. Governing equations of motion are developed and solved for both steady and transient conditions.
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Fundamentals of Vehicle Suspension Design

The design and development of vehicle suspensions significantly influences vehicle handling and ride comfort. Suspension system design excellence follows the basic laws of physics using design synthesis techniques, a methodical process for suspension geometry development. Suspension geometry is the foundation of vehicle performance from which high-confidence suspension components and tunings can be developed. Suspension component design continues to move toward mass and cost efficient designs with high levels of stiffness being essential to achieving design requirements.
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Applied Vehicle Dynamics

Take notes! Take the wheel! There is no better place to gain an appreciation for vehicle dynamics than from the driver’s seat. Spend three, intense days with a world-renowned vehicle dynamics engineer and SAE Master Instructor, his team of experienced industry engineers, and the BMW-trained professional driving instructors. They will guide you as you work your way through 12 classroom modules learning how and why vehicles go, stop and turn. Each classroom module is immediately followed by an engaging driving exercise on BMW’s private test track.
Technical Paper

Design of Baja SAE Gearbox for Optimal Performance and Minimum Weight

Baja SAE is an intercollegiate competition where teams design and build a single-seat off-road vehicle that is powered by a small 10 HP Briggs & Stratton engine. Due to this power constraint, it is crucial to optimize the vehicle's weight and performance. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the process of simulating, designing, manufacturing, and testing the gearbox of the vehicle. The design process began by creating a vehicle dynamics simulation, which included engine performance, CVT Shifting, tire slipping, vehicle mass, rotational inertia, air drag, rolling resistance, weight shift, and drivetrain efficiency. These calculations predicted acceleration times, top speed, and optimal gear ratio. An often-neglected parameter that was analyzed was the rotational inertia in the drivetrain system. The results showed the effective mass of the vehicle increased 12% above the weight of the vehicle, primarily due to the weight and size of the CVT primary pulley.
Technical Paper

Measurement of the Forces from the Ground on the Tires for a Baja SAE Vehicle

Knowledge of the forces on the vehicle is necessary for designing most of the vehicle subsystems, however little knowledge of the dynamic forces on small off-road vehicles is available. To measure the vertical and longitudinal forces on the tires of an off-road vehicle, a custom strain gauge system was designed and combined with Quarq tire pressure sensors while running in off-road conditions. The strain gauge system consisted of a carefully calibrated half-bridge Wheatstone bridge of 350 Ohm resistors in bending, feeding the change in voltages into the 20-bit ADC of a Cypress Semiconductor PSoC 5LP microcontroller for data interpretation and then recorded onto an SD card for later analysis. The Quarq Tyrewiz tire pressure sensors were placed on both the front and rear tires and the recorded pressures were converted to forces on the tire through calibration and helped remove the uncertainty of certain strain gauge values. Experimental data was found to agree with suspension models.