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Course unit
INM0016307, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0518, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination VEHICLE DYNAMICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MATTEO MASSARO ING-IND/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/13 Applied Mechanics for Machinery 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 A.A. 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 MASSARO MATTEO (Presidente)
LOT ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
9 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MASSARO MATTEO (Presidente)
DORIA ALBERTO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Applied mechanics
Mechanical vibrations
Mechanical and thermal measurement systems
Target skills and knowledge: Fundamentals and models for tyre and vehicle (car, motorcycle, bicycle) dynamics.
Examination methods: The exam includes two mandatory activities: in-course homework assignments and final written exam. The homework assignments contribute 3/30 of the final grade while the written exam contributes 27/30. The homework assignments require to solve numerical exercises and to analyze experimental data. The written exam consists in answering three open questions in about 2 hours; the use of lecture notes and/or textbooks is not permitted. The exam may be carried out either in Italian or in English, according to the student’s preference.
Assessment criteria: ASSIGNMENTS
• correctness of the final solution
• clarity and synthesis in the presentation of the results
• knowledge and understanding of the course contents
• ability to illustrate the topics in a clear and concise way
• appropriateness of use of technical terminology
Course unit contents: Tyre modelling: forces, torques, longitudinal slip, lateral slip, spin slip, turn slip, camber, brush models, magic formula, transient response, relaxation length.

In-plane vehicle modelling: load transfer, anti-dive, anti-lift, anti-squat, anti-pitch, suspension stiffness at the contact points, vibration modes (bounce, pitch, hop).

Car modelling: single-track models, critical velocity, characteristic velocity, tangent velocity, ackerman, understeer gradient, oversteering, double-track models, roll axis, lateral load transfer, suspension jacking.

Bicycle and motorcycle modelling: trail, normal trail, caster, Timoshenko model, Whipple model, counter-steering, advanced models, vibration modes (weave, wobble, capsize, chatter).

Road modelling: road description by curvilinear coordinates, road roughness models.

Minimum time problems and lap time computation: formulation, solution methods, driver/rider modelling, examples of application.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures in class, homework assignments, lab experiences.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes, matlab scripts on moodle, reference books.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Limebeer, D.J.N. and Massaro, M., Dynamics and Optimal Control of Road Vehicles. --: Oxford University Press, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • V. Cossalter, Motorcycle Dynamics - versione italiana. --:, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pacejka, Hans B., Tyre and Vehicle Dynamics, 3rd ed. --: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Guiggiani, Massimo, The Science of Vehicle Dynamics. --: Springer, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Matlab

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