Basic Vehicle Dynamics and Suspension Design
R Dale White
This textbook combines methodologies of vehicle dynamics with modeling, analysis, and optimization
of suspension systems, power train, and aerodynamics. Chapter topics provide the reader
with a broad range of design concepts. The book begins with an introduction of the design process
and an overview of basic suspension systems. Subsequent chapters focus on fundamental
mathematical modeling of vehicle dynamics and vehicle interaction with a road surface. The book
strives to combine a hands-on approach to the mechanical design of suspension components
along with the related theoretical concepts. The material presents these concepts at a fairly deep
level, providing understanding and insight into the application of vehicle dynamics theory.
The textbook is addressed primarily to senior level engineering students; however, the book
is written in a self-study style. The book can be particularly useful for undergraduate senior
design projects in which students are pursuing automotive specialization.