Chassis & Suspension Component Design for Passenger Cars & Light Trucks     


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Duration: 3 Days
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Just as the chassis and suspension system provides an ideal framework for the automobile, this popular SAE seminar provides an informative framework for those involved in the design of these important systems. Emphasizing the fundamental principles that underlie rational development and design of suspension components and structures, this course covers the concepts, theories, designs and applications of automotive suspension systems.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the types of suspensions and structures and their design differences from concept to prototype, theory to application; static and dynamic load conditions; and suspension modeling
  • Describe the chassis design process and various suspension system interactions through demonstrations, video and audio devices and computer simulation
  • Illustrate how an algorithm for a complete design cycle of the chassis works
  • Explain the various chassis suspension analyses and designs that need to be performed and verified during development
  • Recognize Magic Numbers in suspension design and the Suspension Design Factors (SDF)
  • Analyze, predict, and evaluate the design parameters and performance characteristics for ride and handling quality control behavior of ground motor vehicles as a result of suspension design
  • Reference a unique set of lecture notes related to suspension design

Who Should Attend
This seminar is designed primarily for engineers involved in vehicle ride, handling, chassis design, suspension, steering and brake design for passenger cars and light trucks.

Topical Outline

  • Survey
  • General Overview
  • Tires and Wheels
  • Ride and Ride Design Criteria
  • Handling and Handling Design Criteria
  • Vehicle Dynamics Terminology
  • Roll Rates, Roll Motion
  • Dynamic Transfer During Cornering
  • Understeer Coefficient
  • The Design of Springs, Stabilizer Bars, Shock Absorbers, Bushings, Control Arms
  • Links, Semi-Active Damper, and Control Links
  • Static Analysis and Design of Suspensions
  • Suspension Terminology
  • Fore/Aft Dynamic Load Transfer Analysis
  • Dive, Lift and Squat
  • Steering Systems
  • Active and Semi-Active Suspension
  • CAD/Static, Dynamic and Proving Ground Testing
  • Suspension Design Cycle
  • Magic Number in Suspension Design
  • Concluding Remarks

Instructor(s): Pinhas Barak
A professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Pinhas Barak specializes in vehicle systems dynamics and suspension design, active and semi-active suspension systems, chassis and vehicle design systems, mechanical control systems, and vibrations. He recently established the Vehicular Dynamics Design Center at Kettering University. Dr. Barak is a member of SAE, ASME, ASEE and SIAM, with more than 25 years of industrial experience in automotive engineering. He also received the SAE Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 1993. Dr. Barak received both a B.S.C. and an M.S.C. in mechanical engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University.

Fees: $1745.00 ; SAE Members: $1396.00 - $1571.00

2.0 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.


"This seminar is an excellent overview of all aspects of vehicle ride, handling and performance along with a detailed set of manuals provided for further study."
Michael Berry
System Development Engineer
DaimlerChrysler Corporation

"The instructor is very passionate and knowledgeable on subject matter. Excellent course for any engineer involved in the design of chassis and suspension components."
Mike Pople
Technical Coordinator
Honda of Canada Manufacturing

"This was an excellent seminar that coupled mechanical engineering principles with real-life application in automotive suspensions."
Rick A. Borns
Director of Technology & Program Management
Alcoa Automotive Castings

"Great seminar for anyone working in automotive engineering or related fields."
Patrick Hong
Road Test Editor
Road & Track Magazine

"I would highly recommend this seminar to anyone who wants to have a better understanding regarding chassis design."
Bikramjit Sarkaria
Senior Design Engineer
Ftech R&D North America Inc.

"Good presentation, content was informative and interesting, and I can apply it to my job."
Paul Dedrich
Senior Product Engineer

"A must have course to understanding the motor vehicle."
Ken Berchak
Mechanical Engineer/Owner
K B Engineering

"Comprehensive training program instructed by an instructor that is truly an expert on the topic."
Andrew G. Carroll
Program Engineer

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