Ride and stability analysis of a sports car using multibody dynamic simulation

Parviz E. Nikravesh, Gwanghun Gim

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This paper summarizes the joint coordinate formulation for automatic generation of the equations of motion for dynamic analysis of multibody systems. A computer program based on this formulation is used to model a sports car and simulate its dynamic response in several driving scenarios. The model contains necessary elements of the suspension system such as the leafsprings, shock absorbers, bushings, tie rods, and roll stabilizer bars. An analytical model of the pneumatic tires is incorporated in the model to determine all of the necessary interacting forces and moments between a tire and the road. Results from some selected simulations are shown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)953-958
Number of pages6
JournalMathematical and Computer Modelling
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1990


  • Multibody dynamics
  • joint coordinates
  • ride stability and handling
  • tire model
  • vehicle simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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