in 1995 and now in its thirteenth printing, Race Car Vehicle Dynamics
(RCVD) is the first in a series of books written by Bill and Doug Milliken on
the topic of vehicle dynamics.
for both the engineer and the automobile enthusiast, RCVD explores the
engineering details governing the motions of automobiles in general and
race cars in particular. Topics addressed include: Tire behavior, Aerodynamics,
Steady-State and Transient Stability & Control, Wheel Load analysis,
Steering Systems, Suspensions, Dampers, Force-Moment analysis,
"g-g" Diagram analysis and much more. The historical chapter on
vehicle dynamics development is a good read in itself for the
February 2002 Milliken's 700-page complement to RCVD, Chassis
Design: Principles and Analysis, was published. While RCVD
looks at the fundamentals and the big picture of vehicle dynamics, this
book focuses on the details of suspension and steering systems, springing,
oscillations of the unsprung masses, sprung mass
roll effects and other design details. Implications on vehicle ride and
handling characteristics are emphasized. To learn more about this
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sold over 30000 copies and is being used as a textbook at over twenty
universities. The Millikens have worked closely with faculty to develop curricula. The companion book Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and
Experiments provides problems, worked solutions, vehicle
dynamics programs on CD and other additional material to assist in learning
and understanding vehicle dynamics.
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