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Performance Vehicle Dynamics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128126936, 9780128126943

Performance Vehicle Dynamics

1st Edition

Engineering and Applications

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Authors: James Balkwill
Paperback ISBN: 9780128126936
eBook ISBN: 9780128126943
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 23rd August 2017
Page Count: 360
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Performance Vehicle Dynamics: Engineering and Applications offers an accessible treatment of the complex material needed to achieve level seven learning outcomes in the field. Users will gain 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. As 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 this use has changed, with modeling of relatively complex vehicle dynamics topics now even possible on a PC.

Key Features

  • Explains how to numerically and computationally model vehicle dynamics
  • Features the use of cost functions with multi-body models
  • Learn how to produce mathematical models that offer excellent performance prediction


MSc and PhD students of mechanical engineering and/or vehicle engineeringvas well as Automotive Engineers

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


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23rd August 2017
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About the Author

James Balkwill

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 students of his in every F1 team and throughout the Motorsport and Automotive industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Programme Lead for Postgraduate Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, UK

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