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Race Car Vehicle Dynamics Program Suite

 

The RCVD Program Suite is included on CD with Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and Experiments. It requires Microsoft Windows.

RCVD Program Suite, Main ScreenPrograms include:

  • Bicycle Model
  • Four Wheeler Model
  • RCVD Speedway
  • RCVD Speedway II
  • Moment Method
  • Ride/Roll Rate Calculator

These programs, while simple in comparison with MRA's comprehensive vehicle modeling software, allow the user to investigate the basics of vehicle dynamics without testing a real vehicle. Key concepts from RCVD (such as oversteer/understeer, stability derivatives, force-moment analysis, load transfer and others) are illustrated through problems which are solved via the Program Suite . Such concepts, once understood in simple models, can be extended to more complex models or real vehicles.

The Program Suite offers insights into the benefits and limitations of vehicle simulations. The user is encouraged to go beyond the posed questions and experiment with each of the programs.

We invite readers to send their comments and suggested corrections to us at info@millikenresearch.com.

The Race Car Vehicle Dynamics Program Suite is sold exclusively with Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and Experiments. Visit the SAE Bookstore for purchasing information.


Race Car Vehicle Dynamics Program Suite, 64-bit systems and Windows 8

 

After installing/unzipping the files on the CD to directory c:\RCVDPS, James Wingfield reports the following procedure to register the Program Suite for use on 64-bit, Windows 8 systems:

 

1) Open the command prompt as an administrator.

 

2) Navigate to the correct directory by typing the following into the command prompt:

     cd c:\windows\syswow64

  [more generally, %systemroot%\SysWoW64\regsvr32.exe]

 

 

3) Register the DLL and OCX files by typing the following into the command prompt:

     regsvr32 c:\RCVDS\comcat.dll

  regsvr32 c:\RCVDS\comct332.ocx

     etc.

 

and repeat for each DLL and OCX file.

 

Further info can be found online, for example, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249873

 




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