The course is an introduction to the design of road vehicles through modeling and system analysis . The course is designed to provide basic introduction to various vehicle subsystems and their functional performance characteristics. Domain specific modeling and analysis methods will be discussed and applied. The scope of this course will be limited to modeling and analysis of the basic phenomena related to longitudinal motion, propulsion systems and lateral motion.
Longitudinal motion topics will cover vehicle statics and weight transfer effects of acceleration and deceleration, wheel-road interaction and braking systems, and analysis related to brake proportioning and traction control.
Propulsion systems will cover combustion engines and transmission. Modeling of thermodynamic cycles for internal combustion engines, engine breathing, engine losses, fuel consumption and emissions; Moving-off elements in transmissions, gear selection for combustion powertrain, and analysis of epicyclical gears; Energy management systems and cold start requirements.
Ride and handling topics will cover suspension systems, pitch and bounce, basics of lateral motion, lateral dynamics model, understeer and oversteer during cornering, and interaction with suspensions.
The course will provide an exposure to modeling and analysis tools such as numerical integration, transfer functions, state space representation, frequency response and state-transitions. Matlab/Simulink toolbox will be used for modeling, system analysis and controls development. The tools and methods reviewed in this course supports a systems engineering framework, commonly used in the design and manufacture of complex products, such as road vehicles.
MECHENG 350 or graduate standing.
Mathworks Matlab/Simulink will be used in course instruction and projects. Students who believe they do not have sufficient background in MATLAB should review our MATLAB and Simulink Resources and Tutorials page prior to the start of this course