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Vehicle Dynamics: Theory and Application [Hardcover]

Reza N. Jazar

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4 Nov 2009 0387742433 978-0387742434 1st ed. 2008. Corr. 3rd printing 2009

Vehicle Dynamics: Theory and Application is written as a textbook for senior undergraduate and first year graduate students in mechanical engineering. It provides both fundamental and advanced topics on handling, ride, components, and behavior of vehicles. Coverage includes front, rear, and four wheel steering systems, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of different steering schemes. Individual sections devoted to handling, ride, and components will be beneficial to students as future automotive designers. This book includes a detailed review of practical design considerations and a number of practical examples and exercises.

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Dr. Jazar is a professor of Mechanical Engineering. He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic (1990) in Robotics, and his PhD from Sharif University of Technology (1997) in Nonlinear Vibrations and Applied Mathematics. He has been working in North American Universities since 1999. Working in several universities around the world has made him familiar with many different successful academic disciplines and methods.

He has several years of work experience in Automotive industries all around the world. He has worked as a researcher or manager of several projects for many famous automotive manufacturers in Japan, Korea, Germany, Framce, and USA.

His research interests are: Nonlinear Vibrations and Nonlinear Dynamics, including: Vehicles; Robotics; MEMS; Orbit Mechanics; Mechatronics.

He is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and monographs, and the author of several technical books including:

"Theory of Applied Robotics: Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control," second edition, Springer, New York, 2010,

"Vehicle Dynamics: Theory and Applications," Springer, New York, 2009,

"Vibrations of Thick Cylindrical Structures: Theory and Applications," with colaboration of professor Hamid R. Hamidzadeh, Springer, New York, 2010,

"Advanced Dynamics," Wiley, New York, 2011.

"Nonlinear Approaches in Engineering," with colaboration of professor Liming Dai, Springer, New York, 2012.

Dr. Jazar's research highlights includes:

*Razi acceleration, and theory of time derivative and coordinate frame.

*Order free transformations for connected multibodies

*Caster theory in vehicle dynamics to increase the stability and maneuverability

*Autodriver algorithm in design of autonomous vehicles

*Caster theory in design of smart vehicles

*Floating-time method in optimal control theory

*Energy-rate method in stability of dynamics systems

*RMS optimization method in vibration optimization

*Mathematical modeling of hydraulic mounts in vibration isolation

*Mathematical modeling of squeeze-film and thermal damping in MEMS

*Frequency response of piecewise linear vibration isolator

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From the reviews:

"Vehicle Dynamics is primarily designed for academic coursework covering the dynamics of automobiles. … can be used as a teaching tool, a manual for practitioners, a reference source, and a survey of the state of the art in vehicle dynamics. The book’s intended audience is seniors and beginning graduate students … . This well-written and organized book is a useful addition to the literature and should be in academic libraries serving mechanical engineering programs. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (A. M. Strauss, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), August, 2008)

“Vehicle Dynamics: Theory and Applications is intended to provide the material for two successive courses in the area of vehicle dynamics at the senior year undergraduate and first year graduate levels. … This textbook provides excellent advanced topics spread throughout the 15 chapters, which are clearly identified by the author with a star in the table of contents. … an excellent textbook, which provides a modern, comprehensive, and modeling-oriented analysis of the traditional vehicle dynamics topic.” (Corina Sandu, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 33 (1), January- February, 2010)

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Vehicle Dynamics: Theory and Application is appropriate for senior undergraduate and first year graduate students in mechanical engineering.

The contents in this book are presented at a theoretical-practical level. It explains vehicle dynamics concepts in detail, concentrating on their practical use. Related theorems and formal proofs are provided, as are real-life applications. Students, researchers and practicing engineers alike will appreciate the user-friendly presentation of a wealth of topics most notably steering, handling, ride, and related components.

 Vehicle Dynamics: Theory and Application includes:

  • Richly illustrated chapters and over 500 diagrams to help readers visualize concepts.
  • More than 500 detailed examples with fully-worked solutions which expose readers to a balanced and broad understanding of vehicle dynamics.
  • A wealth of detailed problem sets and challenge problems for each chapter for the more advanced reader.
  • A complete solutions manual which is available for instructors.

Reza N. Jazar is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Manhattan College. His main research areas are nonlinear dynamics, robotics, control, and MEMs. He's written extensively on many diverse topics in applied mathematics and mechanical engineering. He is also the author of Theory of Applied Robotics: Kinematics, Dynamics and Control and regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in mechanical engineering.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Undergraduate Elective Textbook 18 Feb 2010
By Elizabeth Stroisch - Published on Amazon.com
The book is perfect for use as an ME undergrad elective textbook. It provides a solid foundation for more advanced work.
It spends a great deal of time treating the vehicle as a rigid body. Eventually a linearized dynamic model is developed.
The book is a first semester text because it jumps from a rigid body model to the linearized dynamic model without a rigorous study of the non-linear aspect of the system, the suspension. It is not enough to state that a chassis/suspension system can be reduced to an equivalent roll stiffness. The exact science behind chassis roll is ignored.
All needed first semester dynamics info is provided. Alot of knowledge can be deduced from the material within.
If you are a student of engineering and need a solid first look at vehicle dynamics, get this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of formulas 21 May 2009
By Ricky Helgesson - Published on Amazon.com
We are developing a vehicle based computer game and needed some insight in vehicle dynamics. A lot of the concepts in the book are very useful and there are tons of formulas that can be used. However, a lot of the scenarios are more based on live testing and how to use the results than from the computer game perspective. The chapters begin with stating a formula and thereafter proving it. It is a good thought but sometimes, the proof is not described enough from my point of view, which makes it neccessary to read some chapters many times before the concepts and formulas fall in place.

All in all, a very complete book from what I can judge. I can recommend it to game developers but there are likely other resources that pinpoint computer modelling better but this book provide a very complete over all picture where you need to decide for yourself how exact your modelling will be.

Be sure to fully understand rigid body dynamics before reading the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Vehicle Dynamics Book 30 Oct 2013
By aero guy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is comprehensive and covers a vehicle dynamics in a style that is true to its aerospace roots - as Millikan touts in his book but fails to deliver. The well-known alternative RCVD is verbose, reading more like a story than an engineering book, mentioning many-degree-of-freedom simulations, but never gets to the point. This book covers practical derivations with state space representations and some advanced methods required to attempt to model a vehicle simulation.

It doesn't cover much of anything related to tire models, but that's a separate subject all its own; read Pacejka's books for that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many typos 13 May 2013
By Andrew Palican - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the reviews about this book containing typos. At first, I thought people were being picky...they weren't. If the author (and editor(s)) can't even catch simple typos, why should I trust that the author is providing the correct formulas??? He does offer proofs, however, he has incorrectly rewritten some formulas. Potential buyer beware!

This book doesn't contain ANY solutions to ANY of the problems in the chapter, not even to the odd numbered problems as in many other textbooks. If you want to check your answers, you'll have to have a professor with the solutions manual.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book is great! handling not!!!! 8 Sep 2013
By Joss - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is great it's heavy but beautiful, is clear written, simple to understand, but it has fingerprints, so please use gloves when handling!!!!
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