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Modelling and analysis of current and concept vehicles for the purpose of enhancing vehicle handling: executive summary

By Lucy M. T. Whittaker

Abstract

In this document, research into the modelling and analysis of current and concept vehicles for the purpose of enhancing vehicle handling is summarised. This work is recounted in detail in a portfolio of reports that has been submitted for the degree of Doctor of Engineering.\ud \ud The portfolio includes fifteen submissions, eleven of which are concerned with the analysis and simulation of drivers' steering behaviour. Two relate to a novel suspension concept. One addresses a current problem caused by suspension variability and one introduces a process for selecting between new suspension concepts. Each of these fifteen submissions is summarised in this document. In addition, the order in which it is recommended that these submissions be read is listed.\ud \ud In section 4, a project summary of the research into the analysis and simulation of drivers' steering behaviour is presented. Existing models of drivers' steering behaviour are reviewed. Vehicle tests that illustrate the different steering styles used by different drivers are recounted. A driver model that simulates the steering behaviour exhibited in these tests is formulated . Then, this driver model is used to develop a switching strategy for variable dampers. It is demonstrated that the switching strategy enhances vehicle handling and reduces the roll experienced by drivers during a handling manoeuvre.\ud \ud Finally, it is verified that this research complies with the requirement of the degree of Doctor of Engineering to demonstrate innovation in the application of knowledge to the engineering business environment. This is achieved by specifying eight examples of where new ideas and methods have been applied to address current issues within the automotive industry

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