The first part of the lecture communicates the fundamentals of vehicle dynamics via
selected contributions in research. In doing so, the mechanical modeling and the
mathematical description are concerned with vehicle systems for ground
transportation that contain vehicle superstructures, support and guidance
systems and tracks. In the second part, occupant protection systems in vehicles
are introduced from industrial practice such as airbags and belt restraint
systems, with all steps from modeling via simulation to experimental
verification being treated.
Part I of the lecture is based on a modularization of the vehicle substructures
with standardized interfaces: vehicle superstructures, support and guidance
systems and track descriptions are the elements of complete
vehicle-track-systems, which are supplemented by assessment criteria for the
human vibrational feeling. The theoretical methods are clarified by examples of
simple longitudinal, lateral and vertical motions.
Part II of the lecture gives attention to the fundamentals of occupant
protection systems and the modeling of airbags and belt systems in a full
vehicle. The experiments from subsystem testing towards crash tests are
introduced. They are followed by the design of restraint systems. The excursion to
TRW Automotive in Alfdorf delivers insight into the industrial practice.