MER 492 - Power Trains and Vehicle Dynamics
(3 cr.) This course provides an introduction in ground vehicle theory with emphasis on analysis, testing and evaluation of automotive power trains and dynamic systems to understand the underlying principles affecting vehicle design. Clutches, transmissions (manual and automatic), differentials, wheels and tires, as well as braking, steering and suspension systems are studied in detail to include their effect on vehicular or other system performance. High-speed, tracked vehicle application of the above systems also is covered. Theory is verified with hands-on experience in the laboratory. Component design problems are interspersed throughout the course. Prerequisite: MER 221, MER 320; Every Year, Fall

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