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Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and Experiments [Spiral-bound]

Douglas L. Milliken , Edward M. Kasprak , L. Daniel Metz , William F. Milliken
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31 May 2003
Includes Race Car Vehicle Dynamics Program Suite on CD-ROM, a valuable learning tool and brand new addition to the RCVD series! Written for the engineer as well as the race car enthusiast, Race Car Vehicle Dynamics (the original classic) gives a comprehensive treatment of vehicle dynamics and its application in a racing environment. RCVD, now in its sixth printing, is also widely used as a college textbook and has been an SAE best seller since its introduction. Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problem, Answers and Experiments is a supplement to RCVD. It expands on the former RCVD Workbook in a number of ways: Detailed worked solutions to all of the problems Problems for every chapter in RCVD, including many new problems The RCVD Program Suite (for windows) with accompanying exercises Experiments to try with your own vehicle Educational appendix with additional references and course outlines Well illustrated with over 90 figures and graphs. In addition to students, these worked solutions should be of interest to a wide audience, greatly expanding the examples presented in the original RCVD. The Program Suite was originally used in conjunction with a university course and has been specially developed for inclusion with this book. The educational supplement will be of interest to users who are unable to attend formal classes and wish to continue their education. Engineers and designers of passenger cars, as well as race cars, will find worked solutions to many common problems.

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  • Spiral-bound: 280 pages
  • Publisher: SAE International; Pap/Cdr edition (31 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768011272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768011272
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We offer no apologies for making this important... book our choice for the second time around. Widely welcomed, its content is already beingput to good use by many race car engineers... Today, anyone who wishes to make a career by understanding the automobile and its vagaries should start here. And anyone who wishes to appear to understand it should have this book on his or her desk--in the same way that Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time is essential! --Race Car Engineering --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

In 1930, Bill Milliken designed, built, flew and crashed his own airplane. Since then he has had a strong interest in vehicle handling problems! After graduating from MIT in 1934, he worked in the aircraft industry for 20 years in analysis, wind tunnel and flight testing, with emphasis on stability and control. He was assistant head of Flight Test at Boeing Aircraft during World War II, and was on the first flights of the prototype XB-29 and several B-17 models. As head of Flight Research at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (CAL) he initiated a program for measuring aircraft dynamics in flight using automatic control techniques, accomplishing the first frequency response measurements. Also, as co-inventor of the variable stability aircraft (circa 1948) he was invloved in pioneering stability augmentation and modern electrohydraulic flight control systems. Bill Milliken competed in over 100 post-war road races. He was a founding member of the Watkins Glen Road Races, serving as head of the Rules Committee. He competed in the very first Watkins Glen event in 1948 (in which he rolled-over). "Milliken's Corner" on the original Watkins Glen circuit is named after him. He drove cars such as Type 35 and 54 Bugattis and an ex-Indy four wheel drive Miller at Watkins Glen, Pikes Peak, Sebring and many others across North America for 15 years. Later, continuing involvement included a term as Chief Steward for the Formula One US Grand Prix. As a result of his racing activity, he became interested in automobile stability and control and the potential for applications of aircraft technology. Under the sponsorship of General Motors, vehicle dynamics activity at CAL developed and substantiated the automobile dynamic equations of motion and developed the first variable stability (servo-controlled) cars. The first six-component tire testing machine was developed, leading to TIRF, the original high-speed, flat-belt tire tester which, some 30 years later, is still one of the most advanced tire testing machines in the world. In 1976 Bill Milliken started his own consulting/research firm, Milliken Research Associates, Inc. (MRA). MRA engages in analytical and testing contracts over the range of vehicle dynamics topics. Original developments include the Moment Method approach to automobile stability and control, tire data non-dimensionalization, specialized computer programs for race application, etc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable reference text. 18 Jan 2001
A comprehensive look at race car vehicle dynamics by the acclaimed 'Jedis' of vehicle dynamics Milliken & Milliken. The book is full of excellent illustrations, case studies and analysis spanning the last 60 years of development. The authors strike a good balance between theoretical analysis and descriptive text allowing an easy reading style. This book has become the generic reference text within the racing community over the years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars purchased for my son in law, 26 Nov 2013
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purchased for my son in law , he understands it - not a very thick book for 50 + I thought it was quite expensive for what I got but im assured its worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my son 22 Sep 2013
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He seems to love it, lost on me though. Seems to be interesting for him at least hes out my way when he has his head stuck in this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful read 26 Dec 2012
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The book goes into great detail about all aspects considered when building a race car and gives practical mathematical / physical model examples to try out, with the answers to check after. Definitely Recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars serious book 16 Dec 2012
By Alex
This book is referenced everywhere, and you can see why. I'm not an engineer and some of the maths is beyond me, but there is enough brain food here to dine well for months, and return to pick the bones for years.
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