Vehicle Dynamics using MATLAB

Vehicle Dynamics using MATLAB

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A Quick Overview

Vehicle dynamics is the study of mathematical modelling of suspensions, tires modeling, ride, and handling of a vehicle. The overall performance of the vehicle depends on many parameters such as; steering geometries, swing arm geometries, steering kinematics, ride frequency, anti characteristics, ride handling, and dynamics. Thus, it is vital to calculate and optimize these parameters to design a good performing vehicle. To tune these parameters we should know its significance and their result in the ride and handling of the vehicle, this course helps you understand the concepts and theories, along with the mathematical modeling involved in the domain of vehicle dynamics. You will also study the initial design phase of a vehicle in the industry.

You can take this course if you are interested in the field of automotive engineering, motorsport engineering, and if you are interested in the field of suspension design, tyre modeling, and ride dynamics.

FSAE and BAJA racing enthusiasts can also take up this course.

You can apply as an entry-level suspension engineer or tyre modelling engineer in automotive OEMs. This course will be helpful in starting a career in the field of vehicle dynamics and will also help you in pursuing a Master's degree in the field of automotive/motorsport engineering.

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1Suspension Design

In this module, you will learn about the elasto-kinematic behavior that the suspension exhibits during wheel motion, and how this behavior can be quantified. You will learn about how the different components handle motion and load changes that occur in the system. Towards the end of this module, you will study the suspension architectures of some popular vehicles. These are the topics that you will cover during this module,

  • Suspension kinematics - Deals with the understanding of various suspension geometries, their behavior in dynamic conditions, understanding the coordinate system used to fix the suspension geometry, diving into basic suspension components like springs, dampers, ARBs (Anti Roll Bar)

  • Steering kinematics - Involves the concept of understeer and oversteer in static and dynamic conditions, the influence of suspension kinematic in the steering behavior of your vehicle, understanding the combined working of suspension and steering system

  • Load transfer and control - Lateral and longitudinal load transfer in a vehicle with the former leading to the cornering characteristics of the vehicle and the later deals with the pitching oscillations in the vehicle

  • Suspension compliance - Understanding the influence of the elasticity in the suspension links and other components in the overall suspension characteristics

2Tyre Modelling

This module will deal primarily with the force and moment generating mechanisms of tyres. You will study about different mathematical models that can be used to capture tyre behaviour. 

The following topics are covered in this module,

  • Tyre structure - Understanding why a tyre looks the way it does, contact patch significance, use of tread in tyres, rolling resistance parameter

  • Tyre nomenclature - Understanding the tyre specification code, how that will influence the selection of tyres for your vehicle 

  • Tyre coordinate system - Which will make you represent, slip, skid, aligning moment in a geometrical force diagram

  • Mechanics of force and moment generation - Understanding the various forces that can act on a tyre, and the momentum it generates to keep the tyre in the same position, significance of slip in dynamic conditions

  • Tyre modelling in MATLAB - Diving into the mathematical modeling of tyres in MATLAB and the significance of them, the influence of abs(anti-lock braking system), and idle force in tyre models

  • Various methods for tyre models - Lateral brush tyre model, longitudinal brush tyre model, and Pajecka’s magic formula

3Vehicle Ride

In this module, you will learn how the suspension isolates the passenger compartment from various disturbances. We will also develop mathematical models to study the ride quality of vehicles. These are the topics that are covered in this module,

  • Excitation Sources - You will learn about the importance of wheel-balancing and their effects such as mass imbalance, dimensional and stiffness variation in tyres

  • Road profile modeling in MATLAB, ISO road standards, and how ISO classifies the road based on Power Spectral Density

  • Detailed study of quarter car suspension model-  Equations of motion and the parameters used to evaluate the suspension performance such as vibration isolation, suspension travel, and road holding

  • Mathematical modelling of Bounce-Pitch model and the way to calculate the pitch and bounce oscillation center of the vehicle

  • Various testing methods to measure the ride perception and human response to vibration. Basic knowledge about ISO vibration limits

4Vehicle Handling

In this module, you will learn about the directional response of the vehicle to driver commands. Mathematical models will be used to simulate handling behavior under steady-state and transient conditions. The topics that you will study in this module are,

  • Study of steady-state handling behavior of the vehicle when it turns at low speed and high speed and the development of lateral force and slip angle at tyres

  • Significance of understeer gradient in steady-state handling and the response of the vehicle in understeer, oversteer, and in neutral steer

  • Various methods to measure understeer and a detailed study about the constant radius cornering method

  • State-space representation of the 2-DOF bicycle model and overview of the unit step response of the first and second-order systems

  • Suspension effects on handling the vehicle and development of understeer budget. Study about various contributors to understeer and tuning the component level parameters to achieve the target understeer

  • Detailed study about the transient handling of the 2-DOF Bicycle Model and its derivative notations for yawing moment and lateral force

  • Overview of the four-wheel steering system and its state-space representation

  • Vehicle rollover analysis-quasi static rollover of rigid and suspended vehicle and the significance of the rollover threshold. Transient rollover model in which the inertia force is also considered and study about the effect of rollover threshold with respect to frequency and damping

Projects Overview

Spring & Anti-rollbar


In this project, you will be doing calculations to select the spring and anti-rollbar based on a 4WD sedan with a Mcpherson strut in the front and Multilink in the rear.

In this project you will use the given vehicle level targets to calculate suitable numbers for the selected subsystems, you will performing calculations for:

  • Spring rates
  • Rear ride frequency and flat ride plots
  • Anti-characteristics
  • Rollbar diameters

Rollbar Selection


In this project, you are being assigned a task to select a suitable rollbar for a light sports vehicle and come up with an understeer budget. The rollbar diameter selection and the understeer budget should comply with vehicle level targets like roll gradient and understeer gradient.

Use the given parameters to come up with a detailed excel sheet that gives the appropriate numbers of the roll bar selection and understeer budget.

  • Rollbar diameter
  • Rollbar stiffness
  • Tire stiffness plots
  • Understeer budget


  • If you are a 3rd-year student with an aspiration to become a vehicle dynamics engineer.
  • If you have a plan to do Master's in Motorsport/automotive engineering related programs.
  • Anyone interested in developing their skill-sets in vehicle dynamics.
  • If you are seeking knowledge onsuspension design parameters, and its significance in the performance of the vehicle. To understand how to design a vehicle and tune it for better performance.



MATLAB is a high-performance language for technical computing. It integrates computation, visualisation, and programming in an easy-to-use environment where problems and solutions are expressed in familiar mathematical notation

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Frequently Asked Questions

1Who are the instructors and what is the learning process?

Our instructors are industry experts working in Fortune 500 companies. We partner with them to deliver the lectures online. You will be given access to recorded content and assignments each week.

2Are there any prerequisites for this course?

You should be pursuing or have graduated with a B.E/B.Tech in Mechanical or Automotive Engineering.

3What kind of support I can expect? What if I have doubts?

Our support system is amazing!. You can read our reviews on Google to see this. We focus on one-on-one support which no one else does. We will communicate with you through videoconferencing, WhatsApp messages/calls, individual online sessions and also in person. Doubts and queries are addressed by a dedicated support engineer who is assigned to you to walk you through your problem areas and clarify any queries that you may have.

4How is this different from what I learnt in college?

Our courses are crafted after consultation with industry experts. This gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned only as theory and work on projects that will give you a leg up in your career aspirations - be it an MS admit, a new job or growth within your organization. This course will help you bridge the gap between academia and industry and get you market-ready.

5What advantages will I gain by taking this course?

You will have an edge over your peers by working extensively on industry-relevant projects, practice on tools and software that will set you apart and help you in getting ahead of the competition. Our course will strengthen your portfolio to get better grants and scholarship opportunities for MS Admits, explore options in Research & Development, and land that much-coveted job in top core companies. 

With this course, you will be able to 

  • Understand the Component level  Parameters which affect the performance of the vehicle.
  • glean an in-depth understanding of suspension design, understeer budget, ride, and handling.
  • Design the suspension and chassis on your own.

6Will the software be provided?

We do not provide the software for this course. You can download open source software like GNU Octave instead of MATLAB.

7How is this course going to help me get a job?

Companies prefer candidates who are trained in suspension design and have in-depth knowledge about the vehicle level parameters and their significance. Completing this course will help you ace your technical round in any interview.

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