The Science of Vehicle Dynamics: Handling, Braking, and Ride of Road and Race Cars (Paperback)Massimo Guiggiani (author)
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Vehicle dynamics is often perceived as a quite intuitive subject. As a matter of fact, lots of people are able to drive a car. Nevertheless, without a rigorous mathematical formulation it is very difficult to truly understand the physical phenomena involved in the motion of a road vehicle.
In this book, mathematical models of vehicles are developed, always paying attention to state the relevant assumptions and to provide explanations for each step. This approach allows for a deep, yet simple, analysis of the dynamics of vehicles, without having to resort to foggy concepts. The reader will soon achieve a clear understanding of the subject, which will be of great help both in dealing with the challenges of designing and testing new vehicles and in tackling new research topics.
The book covers handling and performance of both road and race cars. A new approach, called MAP (Map of Achievable Performance), is presented and thoroughly discussed. It provides a global and intuitive picture of the handling features of a vehicle. Moreover, the book also deals with several relevant topics in vehicle dynamics that have never been discussed before.
Massimo Guiggiani is professor of Applied Mechanics at the Universita di Pisa, where he also teaches Vehicle Dynamics in the MS degree program in Vehicle Engineering.
Author's website with interactive figures (link: http://www.dimnp.unipi.it/guiggiani-m/interactive.html)
Number of pages: 356
Weight: 5562 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201
"Guiggiani's book is an excellent contribution to the comprehension of vehicle dynamics both for undergraduate students and experts in the field. It also has the merit to propose new concepts and interpretations ... despite 50 years of books on vehicle dynamics. A second value of the book is its rigorous approach, which does not leave nothing either to mere intuition or for granted." (Francesco Biral, Meccanica, 2016)"The book is a very thorough and painstakingly developed dynamic analysis of components, assemblies, vehicles, and their design to provide optimal handling, cornering, braking, comfort and road holding. ... The Science of Vehicle Dynamics serves as a good textbook for automotive engineering students and a good reference for automotive engineers." (Jon W. Mooney, Noise Control Engineering Journal, Vol. 62 (3), May-June, 2014)
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