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Help needed for Vehicle Systems problem

  1. Oct 11, 2016 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Determine the maximum velocity attainable by a vehicle with the following conditions:
    • RWD
    • 6% grade
    • Weight = 20 kN
    • CG is 1.25 m behind front axle and 0.5 m above ground level.
    • Wheel base is 2.8 m.
    • Effective rolling radius of wheel = 30 cm
    • Coefficient of aerodynamic drag = 0.45 with frontal area 2.3m2
    • ρ = 1.25 kg/m3
    • Engine develops peak torque at 45 kW and 4000 rpm
    • The rotating inertia of the gearbox is and engine is 0.454 kgm2
    • The rotating inertia of each wheel with driveline is 1.76 kgm2
    • coefficient of friction between road and tire μ = 0.8

    2. Relevant equations

    Wr = (W l1cosθ + Rah + W h sinθ)/L

    Max Tractive Effort = μ Wr

    Ra = 1/2 ρ V2 A CD

    3. The attempt at a solution

    To solve this problem, I was going to first determine if the wheel torque is limited by the vehicle motor or by road adhesion, then find the maximum velocity using the limiting torque. I can get motor torque but am stuck at this point as I am not given a gear ratio to be able to convert motor torque to wheel torque.

    TM = 30 P nrpm / π = 107.43 N/m

    I know how to solve for everything else, its really just the the conversion to wheel torque that I'm stuck at (unless I'm approaching this problem entirely wrong).

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  3. Oct 14, 2016 #2

    jack action

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    Instead of converting engine power to engine torque, convert all resistances ##R## to power by multiplying them by the car velocity. So instead of:

    ##F_{wheels} - \sum{R} = ma##

    Since wheel power is equal to engine power ##P_{eng}##, you can use:

    ##P_{eng} - \left(\sum{R}\right)v = mav##
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