Date of Award
Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering
Minaker, Bruce (Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering)
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Research in the area of vehicle dynamics often requires that virtual models be correlated with test data or control systems be implemented within hardware. However, the prohibitive cost associated with a proper testing program has relegated the majority of research in these areas to virtual simulation. The purpose of this research was to develop a low cost vehicle dynamics test bed, which could be used to investigate the full operational range of vehicle handling. A scaled approach, analogous to wind tunnel testing, was used in order to make predictions about a system based on observations obtained from a scale model. The following test bed is unique since it is untethered from the acquisition system allowing for a wider range of test manoeuvres to be used. Results obtained from the test bed verified the usefulness of a scaled approach with good correlation being achieved between linear handling models and test data.
Liburdi, Andrew, "Development of a Scale Vehicle Dynamics Test Bed" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 195.