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Vehicle Dynamics and Automotive Engineering course
Vehicle Dynamics and Automotive Engineering course

2018-01-22 to 2018-01-26

When: 22-28 January 2018
Where: Wits University
South Africa


The University of the Witwatersrand is pleased to announce a Vehicle Dynamics and Automotive Engineering course 22-26 January 2018. Engineers working in the automotive industry are encouraged to attend as well as engineers looking to do an interesting course on cars.

The event will include a course on vehicle dynamics, tour of the labs as well as hands-on computer exercises. Attendees will gain skills and knowledge to understand and explain the mechanics of tyres, suspensions, brakes and steering systems and how they affect the dynamics of vehicles.

Course areas of focus:
• Overview of vehicle dynamics theory
• Tyres, suspensions, brakes and steering systems
• Low-speed offtracking, linear and nonlinear directional response
• Traction and braking
• Oversteer and understeer, handling diagrams
• Development and analysis of quarter car, pitch and roll models
• Hands-on exercises in simulation
• Driver modelling

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Course leader: Prof Frank Kienhöfer (MSAIMechE) is an associate professor at Wits. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Wits School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Industrial Engineering and, thereafter completed his MSc. He worked as a design and project engineer for two years at TSW Engineering, an OEM supplier of cast aluminium wheels. He completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Cebon at the University of Cambridge designing, and patenting a novel pneumatic brake actuator to implement an advanced ABS control for heavy vehicles. He has published over 30 journal and conference papers, has two international automotive patents, has consulted as an expert witness in legal accident investigations, and works with the South African Department of Transport in promoting high productivity or SMART trucks using performance-based standards.


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