The Multibody Systems Approach to Vehicle Dynamics

The Multibody Systems Approach to Vehicle Dynamics, 1st Edition

The Multibody Systems Approach to Vehicle Dynamics, 1st Edition,Michael Blundell,Damian Harty,ISBN9780750651127



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Comprehensive guide to the application of MBS to vehicle dynamic problems

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* Full of practical examples and applications
* Uses industry standard ADAMS software based applications
* Accompanied by downloadable ADAMS models and data sets available from the companion website that enable readers to explore the material in the book
* Guides readers from modelling suspension movement through to full vehicle models able to perform handling manoeuvres


This is the first book to comprehensively bridge the gap between classical vehicle dynamics and the widely-used, computer-based technique of Multibody Systems analysis (MBS). MBS is firmly established as a key part of all modern vehicle design and development processes; any engineer working on problems involving vehicle ride or handling will use MBS to simulate vehicle motion.

Suitable for use both as a teaching text and a professional reference volume, this book is an essential addition to the resources available to anyone working in vehicle design and development. Written by a leading academic in the field (who himself has considerable practical experience) and the chief dynamics engineer of Prodrive, the pre-eminent rally, race and road technology organization, the book has a unique blend of theory and practice that will be of immense value in this applications based field.


Practicing vehicle design engineers and analysts; Postgraduates in Automotive Engineering. Other undergraduates in civil engineering or transport studies studying automotive option units.

Michael Blundell

Mike Blundell is Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Impact, Mechanical & Automotive Engineering, Coventry University, UK. He specializes in vehicle dynamics and safety teaching and research, and has worked with multibody systems applications in vehicle dynamics in industry and academia, publishing many papers on the topic.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Coventry, UK

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Damian Harty

Damian Harty is a Senior Staff Engineer at Polaris Industries based in Minnesota. He was formerly Director of the Vehicle & System Dynamics Group at Coventry University, a Technical Specialist for vehicle dynamics with Prodrive on the Mini WRC, as well as a freelance consultant.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Staff Engineer at Polaris Industries, Minnesota, USA.

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The Multibody Systems Approach to Vehicle Dynamics, 1st Edition

Preface; Nomenclature; Introduction ; Kinematics and Dynamics of Rigid Bodies; Multibody Systems Simulation Software; Modelling and Analysis of Suspension Systems; Tyre Characteristics and Modelling; Modelling and the Assembly of the Full Vehicle; Simulation Output and Interpretation; Active Systems; References; Appendix A-C
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