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Motorsport Chassis Dynamics
A Motorsport Knowledge Exchange programme
A distance learning course which will provide you with an excellent understanding of the theoretical and practical issues involved in designing suspension systems for race cars
Motorsport Engineering Centre
ac. it is advisable to complete the courses in chronological order. While Parts One and Two are stand-alone units. supported distance learning format allows engagement by work-based learners • Provides a highly comprehensive range of material. rearwards ‘deceleration’ (negative acceleration) under braking. Motorsport Chassis Dynamics (1) and (2) are postgraduate level courses and will require on average 400 hours of study each to complete Benefits of the course • Developed WITH industry FOR industry • User. or specifically. braking. probably with a BSc or BENg degree. its tyres are working to their maximum potential. To achieve the very best performance boils down to one key philosophy – aiming to make sure that whatever the racing car is doing. the motorsports industry. and wherever it is on the circuit. What are the courses about? Motorsport Chassis Dynamics is predominantly about the dynamics of a racing car – the non-equilibrium accelerating conditions which accompany the car as it progresses around the lap of a motor racing circuit. This provides the best tool for the racing driver to then go racing. including case studies drawn from real race teams • Throughout the courses’ development.Introduction Motorsport Chassis Dynamics is offered in two parts. Who are the courses for? The courses are designed for engineers having a mechanical and/or automotive/motorsports background. meaning that students can begin the course on any day of the year • Flexible. or – vice versa – the study of forces acting on bodies resulting from accelerations they are experiencing. The race car and its suspension systems have to be designed so as to maximise the grip available from the tyres for all the conditions we’ve outlined. and standing still even.uk . and lateral accelerations when cornering. and the racing car does this by maximising its accelerations: forwards from the start and along the straights. if you intend to study the whole course. the interaction between the tyres and track surface is the crucial parameter. The object of the exercise is to save time all around the lap.brookes. Everything happens through these four contact patches – accelerating. Students are able to either take both parts as a whole course or each part individually. cornering. at a number of levels. although it would be applicable for those with practical racing experience and sufficient mathematical knowledge. These non-equilibrium acceleration conditions are embraced by the field of dynamics – the study of accelerations of objects and the forces required to produce them. has informed the curriculum.and industry-friendly course delivery mechanisms • Runs 24/7. and provided strategic steer and critical review of developed material • A number of different formats to suit different learner needs http://motorsport. The tyres are the crucial parameter. Any other conditions are simply wasting time.
The course makes extensive use of the ADAMS computer simulation software. which contains various instructions and background details. to provide online discussion forums. Super Aguri F1 ‘‘I was very impressed by the quality of the course.How do the courses work? The courses are studied part-time via distance learning and should take about 12 months each to complete although there are no formal start. Tuition Fees The tuition fees* for the courses are £2400 and £2800 respectively. including F1. **Discount only available when both parts are opted for during initial enrolment . It is NOT necessary to know how to use ADAMS before you start the course. Full instructions will be given. Senior Design Engineer-Car.000. Dunlop Motorsport http://motorsport. optional ‘boot-camp’ style residential practical course which runs over a period of five days. An end-of-course exam provides course assessment. although you will be able to contact a personal tutor. • A DVD supports the main text and contains working Case Studies detailing some of the processes involved in operating racecars successfully. If both parts of the course are taken there will be a discount of £500**. as well as a number of activities which need to be completed satisfactorily for course progression. What industry is saying about the course ‘Well written & very informative. although modules are available as standalones and cost £1200 each. physical explanations. which contain the main reading material. • Access to the ‘Brookes Virtual’ virtual learning system at Oxford Brookes University. Course Requirements You will need a computer running Windows XP or higher. Formtech Composites.brookes. which can be used for a number of purposes. to access reference material. During this session. subject specialists will provide in-depth knowledge and hands-on examples. The core content of the course is supported by computer exercises. including to answer course questions. Technical Director. You will also need access to the Internet to use online resources. and useful figures. Ben Michell. The amount of work is very impressive. You will be expected to study autonomously. if you study Part 2).uk *Oxford Brookes Alumni are eligible for a 10% discount.and end-dates. He adds practicality to the course which counts for a lot. The practical element of the course is an additional £8. A number of selftest quizzes are included throughout the course. • A final project. Material is drawn from real race teams. I liked the layout and it is very easy for the reader as Thomas Wissart. experiments.. which forms the first of the two main assessable components of the courses. with a DVD drive to access the course material. former R&D Engineer in charge of tyre data analysis. and to communicate with course tutors etc. Learners can supplement the theoretical content of the course with attendance at an additional. Super Aguri F1 there was a good balance of equations. You will access a remote copy of the software via the Internet. The examination can be taken at this time.’ Mark Preston.ac. • Loose-printed articles from specialist journals giving useful background and illustrated examples • Remote access to the MSC ADAMS software application (and ChassisSim. and simulations. • A series of printed Course Workbooks.’ ‘This course will probably become the reference for many people’. The basic ‘philosophy’ of Pat [Symonds] shows through which I think is really important and one of the best values you have. former Technical Director. The course materials comprise: • The Course Study Guide booklet.
MKE/CPD/06_2010 . and transient wheel loads • Straight-line performance prediction • Engine torque and power curves Motorsports Chassis Dynamics (2) • Suspension evolution and kinematics • Camber gain and compensation • Roll centre. OX33 1HX.and under-steering race car • Corner optimisation • Equations of equilibrium for cornering race car • Derivatives’ analysis • Response of vehicle to control inputs for step. neutral. driver models. the friction circle. UK t: +44 (0) 1865 484227 e: rprice@brookes. Wheatley Campus.kinematic modelling of suspension • Bell cranks. and sinusoid • Stability. Oxford Brookes University. • Anti squat and anti-dive geometry • Anti-roll bar operation and optimisation • Gearbox ratios grip and torque limited acceleration • Control of the roll gradient • Launch control strategies • Use in control of the understeer gradient • Braking.ac. determination of optimal damping coefficient • ADAMs modelling including kinematic modelling of suspension • Bicycle models to validate derivative analysis of vehicle response to control input • Full vehicle simulation. 4DoF. Wheatley.uk Oxford Brookes University reserve the right to alter the course and fees without notice. low. School of Technology. Oxford. ideal brake force ratio. critical and characteristic speeds • Static margin and the use of derivatives’ analysis in vehicle optimisation • ADAMs modelling . push and pull rods. ramp.Structure of Courses The courses covers a number of topics in the field of racing car dynamics. half. • Single degree of freedom analysis • 2DoF.and high speed corners • Effect of centre of gravity on understeer gradient • Handling of the over-.and full car models • Suspension optimisation. and manoeuvre optimisation • ChassisSim modelling For more information please contact: Rebecca Price. force and kinematic • Pitch centre • Roll and pitch centre management. such as: Motorsports Chassis Dynamics (1) • The race car – what it must actually do • Racing tyres: mechanisms of grip. installation ratios. dynamic. quarter-. Pacejka models • Weight transfer • Static. and suspension loads • Suspension dynamics. maximum sustainable decelerations • Brake design and optimisations • Cornering. including some wellknown (if misunderstood) ones.
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