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Introduction to Brake Control Systems ABS, TCS, and ESC

Once reserved for high-end luxury vehicles, electronic brake control systems are now required standard equipment on even the most inexpensive cars and trucks. Today, every new vehicle benefits from the optimized braking, enhanced acceleration, and improved stability that these systems provide. This comprehensive seminar introduces participants to the system-level design considerations, vehicle interface requirements, and inevitable performance compromises that must be addressed when implementing these technologies. The seminar begins by defining the tire-road interface and analyzing fundamental vehicle dynamics.
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Tire and Wheel Safety Issues

One of the most important safety critical components on cars, trucks, and aircraft is the pneumatic tire. Vehicle tires primarily control stopping distances on wet and dry roads or runways and strongly influence over-steer/under-steer behavior in handling maneuvers of cars and trucks. The inflated tire-wheel assembly also acts as a pressure vessel that releases a large amount of energy when catastrophically deflated. The tire can also serve as a fulcrum, both directly and indirectly, in contributing to vehicle rollover. This seminar covers these facets of tire safety phenomena.
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The Tire as a Vehicle Component

The principal functions of the pneumatic tire are to generate driving, braking, and cornering forces while safely carrying the vehicle load and providing adequate levels of ride comfort. This seminar explains how tire forces and moments are generated under different operating and service conditions and, in turn, demonstrates how these forces and moments influence various vehicle responses such as braking, handling, ride, and high-speed performance. The content focuses on the fundamentals of tire behavior in automobiles, trucks, and farm tractors, but also includes experimental and empirical results, when necessary.
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Design for Manufacturing & Assembly

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFM+A), pioneered by Boothroyd and Dewhurst, has been used by many companies around the world to develop creative product designs that use optimal manufacturing and assembly processes. Correctly applied, DFM+A analysis leads to significant reductions in production cost, without compromising product time-to-market goals, functionality, quality, serviceability, or other attributes. This seminar will include information on how DFM+A fits in with QFD, Concurrent Engineering, Robust Engineering, and other disciplines.
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Fundamentals of Steering Systems

Design and development of a modern steering system influences vehicle response to steering wheel input, driver effort, comfort, safety and fuel economy. In this interactive seminar participants will analyze the steering system from the road wheel to the steering wheel. Day one will begin with a deep dive into the anatomy and architecture of the lower steering system (wheel end, suspension geometry, linkages and steering gear), its effect on vehicle response and how forces and moments at the contact patch are converted to a torque at the pinion.
Training / Education

Applied Brake Controls Test Track Experience ABS, TCS, and ESC

Take notes. Take a spin. Repeat. Six classroom modules (2 each for ABS, TCS and ESC!) are paired with six driving modules on a real-world ice and snow development test track in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There's no better way to reinforce classroom learning than by grabbing the steering wheel. All of the driving exercises have been specifically developed so that anyone can hop in the car and immediately link what you have just learned in the classroom.
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Hydraulic Brake Systems for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks

Hydraulic brake systems, one of the most important safety features on many road vehicles today, must meet manufacturer and customer requirements in addition to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. This course will analyze automotive braking from a system's perspective, emphasizing legal requirements as well as performance expectations such as pedal feel, stopping distance, fade and thermal management. Calculations necessary to predict brake balance and key system sizing variables that contribute to performance will be discussed.
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High-Performance Brake Systems

While most passenger car brake systems are quite robust and reliable under typical operating conditions, high-performance driving and/or racetrack operation generally require alternative design solutions to optimize consistency and longevity. Whether it is brake fluid fade, cracked rotor discs, chronic knockback, or insufficient brake pad life, the stresses of motorsports can pose unique challenges to even the very best brake system designs.
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Basic Tire Mechanics and Applications

This course introduces basic tire mechanics, including tire construction components based on application type, required sidewall stamping in accordance with DoT/ECE regulations, tread patterns, regulatory and research testing on quality, tire inspections and basic tire failure identification. The course will provide you with information that you can use immediately on-the-job and apply to your own vehicle. This course is practical in nature and supplemented with samples and hands-on activities. It serves as a good primer for the in-depth SAE Tire Forensic Analysis course.
Training / Education

Introduction to Airframe Engineering Design for Manufacturing, Assembly and Automation

Why is a design for manufacturing, assembly and automation so important? This introductory course on airframe engineering will cover the importance of design for manufacturing, assembly and automation in aerospace. It will review what the key drivers are for a “good” design and some of the key points for manufacturing and assembly of aircraft components. It will look at how an engineer can combine traditional technologies with new, cutting-edge technologies, to determine the best scenario for success.
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Applied Vehicle Dynamics

2021-10-25
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.
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ADAS Application Automatic Emergency Braking

2021-10-21
Active Safety, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are now being introduced to the marketplace as they serve as key enablers for anticipated autonomous driving systems. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is one ADAS application which is either in the marketplace presently or under development as nearly all automakers have pledged to offer this technology by the year 2022. This one-day course is designed to provide an overview of the typical ADAS AEB system from multiple perspectives.
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Commercial Vehicle Braking Systems

2021-10-19
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

2021-09-20
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

2021-08-17
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.
Training / Education

Tire Forensic Analysis

This course provides a detailed description of tire failure modes, their potential causes, identification, and the sometimes-subtle nuances that go along with determination of tire failure. In addition, proper inspection techniques of tires will be discussed and samples will be available to reinforce the concepts learned. The course is helpful for investigators and individuals who need to explore and explain tire failures and point out the failure contributing factors. The course will help to clarify failure root cause between tire production process deviation, tire design, and service application.
Training / Education

Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFM/DFA)

2021-04-19
Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFM+A), pioneered by Boothroyd and Dewhurst, has been used by many companies around the world to develop creative product designs that use optimal manufacturing and assembly processes. Correctly applied, DFM+A analysis leads to significant reductions in production cost, without compromising product time-to-market goals, functionality, quality, serviceability, or other attributes. In this two-day seminar, you will not only learn the Boothroyd Dewhurst Method, you will actually apply it to your own product design!
Technical Paper

An Examination of the Maneuverability of an All Wheel Steer Vehicle at Low Speed

1991-02-01
910241
With the goal of improving the driver's steering performance, the four(all) wheel steering(4WS) system was designed, and theoretical and experimental analysis of the 4WS system was investigated. In the 4WS system the low speed maneuverability is better due to a smaller turning radius. In reality, however, the opposite steering of the rear wheels could be counter-productive for certain maneuvers as shown in the Fig.1. In this paper, this counter-productivity is called the parking problem. The objective of this study is to prevent the parking problem and to maintain the maneuverability of the 4WS vehicle. To accomplish this goal, a new concept of the 4WS system for the low speed range has been introduced.
Technical Paper

Performance Testing of the Vehma G Van Electric Vehicle

1991-02-01
910242
This paper presents the results of performance characterization testing of two prototype Vehma G Van electric vehicles (EVs). Testing was performed at the Electrotek Electric Vehicle Test Facility (EVTF) as part of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)/Electrotek EV Program. The G Van is a GMC full-sized van converted to electric propulsion by Vehma International of Toronto, Ontario. One of the vans tested at the EVTF was a five-passenger model, the other was a two-seat cargo van. These vehicles utilize tubular-plate lead-acid batteries and dc powertrain system components produced by Chloride EV Systems of Redditch, England. Performance testing was conducted according to the EPRI/Electrotek EV Test Plan and included measurement of driving range at 56 km/h, on the SAE J227a C cycle, and on the Electrotek-defined Urban route. Vehicle top speed, maximum acceleration, dc and ac energy consumption, hill climbing, and braking capabilities also were measured.
Technical Paper

Effect of Lateral Tire Flexibility on the Steering System Dynamic Behavior

1991-02-01
910239
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the influence of tire lateral flexibility on the steering system dynamic behavior. Individually, the steering models and the lateral flexible models have been investigated for a long time. However, the combination of both hasn't yet drawn much attention. The inclusion of the lateral (rigid) tire model has shown to be of great importance. This study attempts to scrutinize the influence of a more practical tire model on the steering dynamic performance. Included in the study, Transient response as well as frequency response are illustrated by tables and figures.
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