Vehicle Dynamics Modelling and Simulation

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Great Experience
Allen Zongzhen Li
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Very detailed course content with very patient instructor. Big thanks to Martin and Motorsport Engineer!
Amazing course!
Sergio Caceres
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The course is well-structured and the contents delivered are well explained and very valuable for a role in design. The content covers the structure of the aerodynamic department within an F1 team, materials and production methods, design in CATIA V5 and career developments for an aero designer, all explained by Martin, an F1 Aero Designer. Very complete course from start to beginning and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get into F1 design. The Motorsport Engineer platform is doing a great job bringing the F1 closer to the students. Really helpful!
Recommended for F1 Enthusiast!!
Himanshu Dhurve
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Great Insight into the world of Aero Design in Formula 1. Highly recommend it to those who want to know about the design process and methodologies in Formula 1.
Amazing opportunity and really well presented
Mohammad Reza Izady
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I have gained valuable experiences around production and methods in the F1 industry during the course and more importantly, I designed a wing element in CATIA (how cool would be that!). I highly recommend this course to students or professionals who want to pursue a career in F1 especially Aerodynamic Design.
Great course
Marwan Attar
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This course is more for designers than for Aerodynamicists. However, the interrelation between the both is crucial in terms of efficiency and optimising performance. This course gives a better understanding to how the design process of aero-components is completed and the structure followed for optimising that design.
I highly recommend this course!
Giuseppe Benvenuto
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A great opportunity to learn about production methods used in Formula1. It is also great to design a wing element using CATIA.
Really insightful
Francois Barkhuizen
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Thank you to Motorsport Engineer for hosting this course. It was really insightful and I learnt a lot. And thanks to Martin Buchan for sharing your knowledge and expertise in the course.
Mattia Belfico
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I would like to thank Motorsport Engineer for providing this interesting series of classes and in particular Martin Buchan and Gerard Torres for their availability. I highly recommend this course!

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Javier Sistiaga

Javi has a breadth of experience, spanning both Motorsport and Automotive domains. Whilst the majority of Javi’s career has been spent at Applus+ IDIADA developing 4-wheeled vehicles for global markets, he also has significant experience in the design and production of motorbikes. Javi has studied in both Spain and the UK, obtaining an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and an MSc in Motorsport Engineering from Oxford Brookes. In between the courses, Javi, co-founded BASS Racing – a motorbike team building on previous experience acquired through the university’s MotoStudent project.
Upon graduating from Oxford Brookes, Javi went straight to MotoGP, working as a Project Engineer for KTM. From here, Javi returned to Spain with IDIADA, carrying out a variety of roles related to Vehicle Dynamics & Simulation. In recent times, Javi has delivered courses at UPC and extended his expertise in Multi-Body Simulation to cover the Renewable Energy industry.

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Vehicle Dynamics Basics

Review of Physics Principles


Module Summary

How do tyres work? Introduction

How do tyres work? Lateral dynamics

How do tyres work? Longitudinal dynamics

How do tyres work? Combined forces

Tyre modelling: Linear tyre model

Tyre modelling: Pacejka tyre model

Tyre modelling: Other tyre models

Tyre characterization

Magic Formula in MATLAB/Simulink

Module Summary


Low speed cornering

The bicycle model

MATLAB/Simulink modelling

Steady state response: Understeer and Oversteer

Steady state response: Critical and Characteristic speed

Steady state reponse: Neutral Steer point

Transient reponse

Transient response: Step response

Transient response: Frequency response

Module Summary


Braking performance. Equations of motion

Braking performance. Load transfer

Braking performance. Maximum deceleration

Braking performance. Brake balance

Braking performance. Brake model

Braking performance. MATLAB/Simulink modelling

Driving performance. Equations of motion

Driving performance. Load transfer

Driving performance. Powertrain model

Driving performance. MATLAB/Simulink modelling

Module Summary


Suspension role

Sprung and unsprung mass

Suspension components. Springs

Suspension components. Dampers

Suspension components. Installation ratio

Suspension components. Other components

Module Summary


The power of isolation

Quarter car model: Equations of motion

Quarter car model: Natural frequency and damping ratio

Quarter car model: MATLAB/Simulink modelling

4-DOF model: Equations of motion

4-DOF model: Ride frequency ratio

4-DOF model: MATLAB/Simulink modelling

Out of plane model: Roll centre and load transfer

Out of plane model: Equations of motion

Out of plane model: Equations of motion summary

Module Summary

 Module Introduction


Parametric models

Multi-body software

Vehicle development

Module Summary

Modelling a Suspension Shaker Rig

Lifetime access


Access Duration: Lifetime     ⓘ

Duration for which video lessons, downloadables, quizzes and assignments will be made available from the time of enrolment.

Mode of Delivery: Online     ⓘ

Lessons are managed by experienced course leaders leveraging online means.

E-mail support     ⓘ

We provide support throughout the duration of the course.

Certification     ⓘ

A certificate will be awarded upon course completion so you can share your achievement with your network.

Interact with instructor     ⓘ

Network with motorsport engineering professionals and receive the advice you are looking for.

Assignment     ⓘ

Impress your course leaders by excelling at the challenges they present to you.

Watch lessons in any order     ⓘ

Start from the beginning or the end - you choose!

Assignment feedback     ⓘ

Receive feedback from our course leaders so you can understand areas of improvement.

Videocall with instructor     ⓘ

Network with motorsport engineering professionals and receive the advice you are looking for.

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We are working hard to offer a series of courses grouped by specialist area (Aerodynamics, Composite Design, Vehicle Dynamics, etc). More details will be shared soon.

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