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### Computational Methods in Aerospace Engineering

Starts : 2005-02-01
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Free Closed [?] Engineering Aeronautics and Astronautics MIT OpenCourseWare Undergraduate

This course serves as an introduction to computational techniques arising in aerospace engineering. Applications are drawn from aerospace structures, aerodynamics, dynamics and control, and aerospace systems. Techniques include: numerical integration of systems of ordinary differential equations; finite-difference, finite-volume, and finite-element discretization of partial differential equations; numerical linear algebra; eigenvalue problems; and optimization with constraints.

### Vehicle Dynamics I: Accelerating and Braking

Starts : 2015-11-10
Iversity Free Closed [?] Physical Sciences English Engineering

### Course Summary

In this first part of Vehicle Dynamics, we illuminate the longitudinal dynamic aspects of vehicles.

Clear and brief: acceleration and braking.

In Detail: After an introduction, we will look at driving resistances and slip, explain the demand of power and limits of a car, then clarify the needs for a clutch and gears and look at the rear and front weights during acceleration and braking. The course will be finished by two applications from automotive mechatronics.

### What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will …

• understand basic principles of accelerating and braking a car.
• know the driving resistances and their influences on vehicle dynamics.
• understand the discrepancy between demands and limits of powertrain.
• understand the necessity of gears and clutch.
• understand the correlation between braking, wheel load and recovery of energy.
• be able to calculate simple properties of a car.

### What do I have to know?

Some basic understanding of the following subjects will help you successfully participate in this course: Algebra; Trigonometric Functions; Differential Calculus; Linear Algebra; Vectors; Coordinate Systems; Force, Torque, Equilibrium; Mass, Center of Gravity, Moment of Inertia; Method of Sections, Friction, Newton's Law, (Lagrange's Equation)

### Course structure

This course has a total of 12 chapters, and the topics for each chapter are the following:

### Vehicle Dynamics II: Cornering

Starts : 2016-02-15
Iversity Free Closed [?] Physical Sciences English Engineering

### Course Summary

In this second part of Vehicle Dynamics, we will illuminate the lateral dynamic aspects of vehicles.

Clear and brief: the cornering of a car.

In Detail: We will start with a simple single-track model and then describe the slip angle of a wheel. The slip angle results in cornering forces, which are essential for understanding lateral dynamics. After that, we will look at the dependency between longitudinal and lateral forces using Kamm’s circle and Krempel’s diagram. Then we will investigate steady state cornering, stability and the influence of different weight distributions between inner and outer side wheels of the car. The course will finish with two applications from automotive mechatronics.

### What will I learn?

At the end of the course you will …

• understand basic principles of cornering of a car.
• know slip angle and cornering forces.
• understand the single track model.
• understand the steady state cornering, stability and the influence of different weight distribution between inner and outer side of the car.
• be able to calculate simple properties of a car.

### What do I have to know?

Some basic understanding of the following subjects will help you successfully participate in this course:

Algebra; Trigonometric Functions; Differential Calculus; Linear Algebra; Vectors; Coordinate Systems; Force, Torque, Equilibrium; Mass, Center of Gravity, Moment of Inertia; Method of Sections, Friction, Newton's Law, (Lagrange's Equation)

### Course structure

This course has a total of 10 chapters, and the topics for each chapter are the following:

### Vehicle Dynamics III: Vertical oscillations

Starts : 2016-05-16
Iversity Free Closed [?] Physical Sciences English Engineering

### Course Summary

In this third part of Vehicle Dynamics, we will illuminate the vertical dynamic aspects of vehicles. In short, we will describe the elements involved when a car drives on a bumpy or rough street.

We will start with a survey of suspensions and springs and dampers. After this, we will explain the description of rough streets and give an introduction to Fourier integrals. Next, we will take a closer look at vertical models. In the last fundamental part of the course, we will describe the conflict between driving safety and comfort. The course will be finished with two applications from automotive mechatronics.

### What will I learn?

At the end of the course you will …

• know different kinds of suspensions, springs and dampers.
• know the description of rough and bumpy streets.
• understand the Fourier integral.
• understand the conflict between driving safety and comfort.
• be able to calculate simple properties of a car.

### What do I have to know?

Some basic understanding of the following subjects will help you successfully participate in this course:

Algebra; Trigonometric Functions; Differential Calculus; Linear Algebra; Vectors; Coordinate Systems; Force, Torque, Equilibrium; Mass, Center of Gravity, Moment of Inertia; Method of Sections, Friction, Newton's Law, (Lagrange's Equation)

### Course structure

This course has a total of 11 chapters, and the topics for each chapter are the following: