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Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics

Cranfield University
School of Engineering
Contact Provider
2 day course
Short Course
Managers and technologists who want a fundamental understanding of Vehicle Dynamics technology.
Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Course overview

 To provide managers and technologists with a fundamental understanding of Vehicle Dynamics technology in particular, vehicle ride and handling behaviour.

Course description

 A 2 day short course at the Cranfield University’s main site for managers and engineers who wish to understand the fundamental behaviour of vehicle dynamics and the practical implications for chassis and suspension design. The course will consist of a mix of lectures from both academic and industrial specialists in Vehicle Dynamics technology including discussions of practical case studies.

Delegates on the course will receive:

  • An overview of the fundamentals of vehicle dynamics and control
  • Vehicle ride a review of the total vehicle vibration, human response, suspension design and practical issues
  • Vehicle handling – a review of understeer and oversteer behaviour and how handling balance can be influenced through suspension design
  • Tyres – an overview of their force and moment behaviour
  • The potential of simulation in the assessment of vehicle performance
  • Discussion of case studies of vehicle ride and handling examples.

Subjects covered

Fundamentals of vehicle dynamics and control

  • Ride and handling compromise, suspension design
  • Chassis control developments
  • Importance in vehicle design, commercial significance

Vehicle ride

  • Vehicle / driver motions
  • Ride vibration fundamentals, frequency, damping
  • Suspension behaviour, springs, tyres, dampers
  • Road surface inputs
  • Human response, ridemeter, measurements
  • Non linear effects
  • Damper properties

Vehicle handling

  • Driver properties
  • Vehicle requirements
  • Tyre properties
  • Idea of 2 dof model
  • Understeer / oversteer
  • Steady state cornering, stability, frequency responseTransient, limiting manoeuvres


  • Mechanism of force generation
  • Overview of force / moment data

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