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How Does A Car Work?. Chris Paredis G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology. Learn More about Cars. The graphical material in this lecture is copied from www.howstuffworks.com You can find much additional information at this web-site.

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### How Does A Car Work?

Chris Paredis

G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

• The graphical material in this lecture is copied from www.howstuffworks.com

• You can find much additional information at this web-site

Transmission

Engine

Tires

CarBody

Torque Converter

Differential

Intake

Compression

Combustion

Exhaust

Use SI units! Torque in [Nm], velocity in [rad/s] and Power in [W]

Transmission

Engine

Tires

CarBody

Torque Converter

Differential

• The model of a torque converter is fairly complex and highly nonlinear

• We will not consider it in this class.

If you need it, it will be provided to you as a Matlab function.

Transmission

Engine

Tires

CarBody

Torque Converter

Differential

• Purpose: provide large power at all vehicle velocities

sun

planet

ring

morecompact

• Assumptions:

• No friction or other losses

• No inertia

• Reduces the rotational velocity:

• Increases the torque

where n is the transmission ratio and subscript in refers to the shaft connected to the torque converter.

Transmission

Engine

Tires

CarBody

Torque Converter

Differential

• Assumptions:

• Car drives in a straight line

• No friction or other losses; no inertia

• Reduces the rotational velocity:

• Increases the torque

where n is the transmission ratio and subscript in refers to the shaft connected to the transmission.

• Assumptions:

• Car drives in a straight line

• No slip; no tire deformation; no friction losses; no inertia

• Converts rotational velocity into translational velocity:

• Converts torque into force:

where R is the radius of the wheel.

• Wind Resistance:

• Gravitational Force:

• Tire Resistance:

and Harshness

Thermal

Crash Testing

Examples of Other Models in Vehicle Design

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Stress Analysis