SD2225 Ground Vehicle Dynamics, Basic Course 11.0 credits

Fordonsdynamik, allmän kurs

The course will consider vehicle dynamic properties and the analysis of the dynamics of subsystems in a vehicle.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The over all goal of the course is to give the student a deeper knowledge about modelling, simulation, measurement and analysis of ground vehicles dynamic behaviour

Students graduating from the course should be able to:

  • describe the basic terms within vehicle dynamics
  • describe and use the coordinate transformations necessary for vehicle dynamic analysis
  • create simple models of vehicles for dynamic analysis
  • explain the assumptions/limitations of the created models
  • derive the equations of motion for vehicles in order to perform an analysis of the bounce and pitch motions that arise due to for example acceleration, braking and uneven road surfaces
  • derive the equations of motion for a vehicle during stationary and non-stationary cornering and to analyse the vehicle directional stability and roll behaviour
  • derive the effective cornering stiffness when considering the elastic elements in the wheel suspension and be able to analyse it’s effect on the dynamic characteristics of the vehicle
  • derive the equations of motion for a vehicle combinations and analyse it’s stability in the yaw direction
  • create handling diagrams and draw conclusions from them
  • create, performe and analyse a simple test plan for vehicle dynamic analysis by using statistical methods
  • explain how different changes of the construction of the vehicle affects the dynamical characteristics of a vehicle.
  • plan, carry out, evaluate and present a simple field test for vehicle dynamic analysis.
  • apply the gained knowledge on practical problems.

Course main content

Vehicle dynamic characteristics. Coordinate systems and coordinate transformations. Comfort, handling, rollover. Modelling and derivation of equations of motion for vehicles driving straight ahead and during cornering. Force and road excitation. Stationary and non stationary driving. Frequency responses. Elastic elements of the wheel suspension, effective cornering stiffness, roll steer. Handling diagram. Nonlinear components and non dimensional equations of motion. Vehicle combinations and stability. Statistical methods.


Documented knowledge in english corresponding to English B/ English 6, 23 university credits (hp) in the field of mechanics, 33 university credits (hp) in the filed of mathematics

Recommended prerequisites

  • Recommended knowledge: Basic knowledge in Control. Basic knowledge of Matlab or Simulink.


Kompendium Fordonsdynamik.


  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Assignments, 4.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1; 7 university credits).

Approved exercises (ÖVN1; 4 university credits).

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering


Jenny Jerrelind <>

Supplementary information

Mandatory for the track, Road Vehicles.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2013.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.