About this Course
Vehicle Dynamics Modelling and Simulation
This course includes
Vehicle Dynamics is the study of vehicle motion, tasked with exploring the behaviour of a vehicle in response to driver inputs and those of the environment. The theory of vehicle dynamics and its application underpins the development of race cars, contributing extensively to their design and subsequent operation.
With track-testing subject to regulatory and financial constraints, motorsport teams across the globe rely heavily on vehicle dynamics simulations to study and optimise the performance of race cars.
This course provides a detailed overview of vehicle dynamics theory, and its subsequent application through dynamical system models built using MATLAB/Simulink. An extensive selection of case-studies have been explored, covering the full range of responses; tyre dynamics, lateral dynamics, longitudinal dynamics, vertical/ride dynamics, and suspension considerations.
Those who enrol onto the course will learn how each of the system models are derived, built, and applied, through a series of demonstrations and practical assignments.
Duration & Difficulty
- 65 Lessons
- Advanced Difficulty
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Your Course Instructor
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.
Javi tells us about his course
A conversation with Javier Sistiaga (full version)
Vehicle Dynamics Basics
Review of Physics Principles
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
Magic Formula in MATLAB/Simulink
Low speed cornering
The bicycle model
Steady state response: Understeer and Oversteer
Steady state response: Critical and Characteristic speed
Steady state reponse: Neutral Steer point
Transient response: Step response
Transient response: Frequency response
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
Sprung and unsprung mass
Suspension components. Springs
Suspension components. Dampers
Suspension components. Installation ratio
Suspension components. Other components
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
Modelling a Suspension Shaker Rig
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