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Spring 2024
May 22, 2024
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ME 56500 - Vehicle Dynamics
Credit Hours: 3.00. Modeling of wheeled vehicles to predict performance, handling, and ride. Effects of vehicle center of mass, tire characteristics, traction and slip, engine characteristics, and gear ratios on performance. Suspension design. Steady state and transient handling models of four-wheeled vehicles and car-trailer systems to determine oversteer and understeer characteristics, critical speeds, and stability. Multi-degree-of-freedom ride models, including tire and suspension compliance. Computer simulations. Current research topics in vehicle vibration isolation.
3.000 Credit hours

Syllabus Available
Levels: Indiana College Network, Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional
Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture

Offered By: School of Mechanical Engr
Department: Mechanical Engineering

Course Attributes:
Upper Division

May be offered at any of the following campuses:     
      West Lafayette Continuing Ed
      West Lafayette

Learning Outcomes: 1. Mature in application of modeling techniques to predict the dynamic behavior of highway vehicles. 2. Develop an understanding of the relationships between vehicle design variables and vehicle dynamic behavior (acceleration, braking, handling, and ride).

May not be enrolled as the following Classifications:     
      Sophomore: 45 - 59 hours
      Sophomore: 30 - 44 hours
      Freshman: 0 - 14 hours
      Freshman: 15 - 29 hours

GR-ME 56500 Requisites

General Requirements:

Student Attribute: GR
May not be taken concurrently.  )
Course or Test: ME 37500
Minimum Grade of B
May not be taken concurrently. )

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