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ME50067: Vehicle dynamics

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 80%)
  • Literature Survey (CW 20%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Mandatory extra work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To give the student an appreciation of factors affecting vehicle dynamics, including ride comfort and handling.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Describe and analyse the engineering dynamics of a vehicle system including the operation of the vehicle suspension and predict vehicle ride behaviour and steady state handling performance.
* Explain the physical principles of road vehicle aerodynamic design.
* Undertake individual independent study of relevant topic.

Numeracy; problem solving; working independently; working in a group.

Disturbance and sensitivity.
Basic suspension systems.
System frequencies - bounce, pitch and roll.
Tyre behaviour. Front/rear suspensions - Springs and dampers.
Roll centres.
Load Transfer. Steady State handling characteristics.
Motorcycle Dynamics
Active Suspensions
Electronic Stability Control
Aerodynamic Design.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME50067 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.