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Date(s) - 09/23/2019 - 09/27/2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


VEHICLE DYNAMICS,  click here for Flyer September 23-27, 2019

Dynamics is the branch of mechanics that deals with the motion of bodies and the action of forces in producing or changing that motion. Vehicle dynamics covers the dynamics relating to objects involved in traffic crashes.

One of the key objectives of Vehicle Dynamics is to teach students the classical mechanics equations of motion. The relationship of drag factor, coefficient of friction and acceleration are presented. Students are introduced to the methodology used to estimate vehicle speeds based on flips, vaults and sideslip. Students are also taught the differences between force, momentum and energy and how each applies to crash investigation and reconstruction.

Course Content

  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • Coefficient of friction and drag factor
  • Introduction to basic motion equations – velocity, time, acceleration and distance
  • Speed estimates using flip/vault, fall and sideslip equations
  • Momentum – collinear (in-line)
  • Energy – energy and skidding, kinetic energy and velocity estimates
  • Speed estimates from irregular skidmarks