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Theory of Ground Vehicles, 4ed

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Author : J. Y. Wong
ISBN 13 : 9788126565405
Type : Paperbound
Remarks : Exclusively distributed by CBS Publishers & Distributors

The proposed is a revision of a well-known text/reference on vehicle dynamics which covers both on-road and off-road vehicles. Unlike the competition, Wong spreads his coverage across all vehicle types (not just automobiles), including tractor-trailers, tractors and recreational vehicles. The fourth edition will be completely updated including performance characteristics for both off-road and on-road vehicles; coverage of steering of tracked vehicles and vehicle ride characteristics, the impact of computer-aided methods for design and performance analysis, and hybrid electric drives and operating principles.


Preface to the Third Edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.

Conversion Factors.




1. Mechanics of Pneumatic Tires.

1.1 Tire Forces and Moments.

1.2 Rolling Resistance of Tires.

1.3 Tractive (Braking) Effort and Longitudinal Slip (Skid).

1.4 Cornering Properties of Tires.

1.5 Performance of Tires on Wet Surfaces.

1.6 Ride Properties of Tires.


2. Mechanics of Vehicle-Terrain Interaction--Terramechanics.

2.1 Distribution of Stresses in the Terrain Under Vehicular Loads.

2.2 Applications of the Theory of Plastic Equilibrium to the Mechanics of Vehicle--Terrain Interaction.

2.3 Empirical Methods for Predicting Off-Road Vehicle Performance.

2.4 Measurement and Characterization of Terrain Response.

2.5 A Simplified Method for Analysis of Tracked Vehicle Performance.

2.6 A Computer-Aided Method for Evaluating the Performance of Vehicles with Flexible Tracks.

2.7 A Computer-Aided Method for Evaluating the Performance of Vehicles with Long-Pitch Link Tracks.

2.8 Methods for Parametric Analysis of Wheeled Vehicle Performance.

2.9 A Computer-Aided Method for Evaluating the Performance of Off-Road Wheeled Vehicles.

2.10 Finite Element and Discrete Element Methods for the Study of Vehicle-Terrain Interaction.


3. Performance Characteristics of Road Vehicles.

3.1 Equation of Motion and Maximum Tractive Effort.

3.2 Aerodynamic Forces and Moments.

3.3 Vehicle Power Plant and Transmission Characteristics.

3.4 Vehicle Power Plant and Transmission Characteristics.

3.5 Prediction of Vehicle Performance.

3.6 Operating Fuel Economy.

3.7 Engine and Transmission Matching.

3.8 Braking Performance.


4. Performance Characteristics of off-Road Vehicles.

4.1 Drawbar Performance.

4.2 Fuel Economy of Cross-Country Operations.

4.3 Transport Productivity and Transport Efficiency.

4.4 Mobility Map and Mobility Profile.

4.5 Selection of Vehicle Configurations for Off-Road Operations.


5. Handling Characteristics of Road Vehicles.

5.1 Steering Geometry.

5.2 Steady-State Handling Characteristics of a Two-Axle Vehicle.

5.3 Steady-State Response to Steering Input.

5.4 Testing of Handling Characteristics.

5.5 Transient Response Characteristics.

5.6 Directional Stability.

5.7 Steady-State Handling Characteristics of a Tractor-Semitrailer.

5.8 Simulation Models for the Directional Behavior of Articulated Road Vehicles.


6. Steering of Tracked Vehicles.

6.1 Simplified Analysis of the Kinetics of Skid-Steering.

6.2 Kinematics of Skid-Steering.

6.3 Skid-Steering at High Speeds.

6.4 A General Theory for Skid-Steering on Firm Ground.

6.5 Power Consumption of Skid-Steering.

6.6 Steering Mechanisms for Tracked Vehicles.

6.7 Articulated Steering.


7. Vehicle Ride Characteristics.

7.1 Human Response to Vibration.

7.2 Vehicle Ride Models.

7.3 Introduction to Random Vibration.

7.4 Active and Semi-Active Suspensions.


8. Introduction to Air-Cushion Vehicles.

8.1 Air-Cushion Systems and Their Performance.

8.2 Resistance of Air-Cushion Vehicles.

8.3 Suspension Characteristics of Air-Cushion Systems.

8.4 Directional Control of Air-Cushion Vehicles.





Jo Y. Wong is a Distinguished Research Professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University

Senior level undergraduate and graduate level students in mechanical engineering programs in courses of automotive engineering, vehicle dynamics, off-road vehicle engineering and agricultural engineering. Engineers and researchers across the range of industries involved in vehicle design and manufacturing including road and off-road vehicle manufacturers and developers, designers, researchers and consultants to the transportation industries.


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