Performance Vehicle Dynamics: Engineering And Applications by James Balkwill

Performance Vehicle Dynamics: Engineering And Applications

byJames Balkwill

Paperback | September 1, 2017

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The approach to vehicle dynamics has changed over time largely due to advances in computing power. The subject has in practice always been computer intensive but the use has changed and modelling of relatively complex vehicle dynamics topics is now possible even on a PC. Indeed it is the very act of creating these models which truly develops ones understanding so it's important to be properly guided through that process.

Performance Vehicle Dynamics: Engineering and Applicationsoffers an accessible treatment of the complex material needed to achieve level seven learning outcomes in the field. The reader is given a complete, structured understanding that enables the preparation of useful models for characterization and optimization of performance using the same Automotive or Motorsport industry techniques and approaches.



  • Makes a direct transport of physics and engineering principals into improving the dynamic performance of a vehicle
  • Explains how to numerically and computationally model vehicle dynamics
  • Features the use of cost functions with multi-body models
  • Downloadable files and codes available on the book's companion site: booksite.elsevier.com/9780128126936

About The Author

Dr. Balkwill has a PhD in dynamics, teaches advanced vehicle dynamics, has extensive research experience in vehicle dynamics including PhD research studentships with F1 teams, and major contract research for volume manufacturers. He has been teaching Vehicle dynamics at the MSc. level for nearly two decades and there are former student...

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Title:Performance Vehicle Dynamics: Engineering And ApplicationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 2017Publisher:Butterworth (trade)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0128126930

ISBN - 13:9780128126936

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Background 2. Tyres 3. Weight transfer and wheel loads 4. Straight line acceleration 5. Cornering 6. Braking 7. Suspension Kinematics 8. Dynamic Modelling of Vehicle Suspension 9. Lap-time, Manoeuvre and Full-vehicle Simulation