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How to calculate turning radius of a car w.r.t speed?

  1. Nov 28, 2014 #1
    I want to know the equation by which we can calculate the turing radius of a car with respect to speed or track length as im designing a racing track for my thesis project.
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  3. Nov 28, 2014 #2


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    What factors do you think might be involved in such an equation?
  4. Nov 29, 2014 #3
    that is what i really want to know ....that how we can calculate the turning radius of a car. As per standard 25' (feet) is a standard but in sports it will change with respect to speed. But i didnt know the formula or equation by which we can easily determined the turning radius...
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    What factors do you think might be involved in such an equation?
  6. Nov 30, 2014 #5
    Lateral acceleration is V^2/R.
    Now you have to decide on an appropriate value for lateral acceleration, and unless you make quite a few simplifying assumptions it can all become exceedingly complex.
    Have a look at "Race car vehicle dynamics" by Milliken and Milliken to get a better understanding of the physics involved in this question.

  7. Nov 30, 2014 #6
    friction is the factor that you'll need to consider.
    so, the equation would be:
    ug=v^2/r, where u is the coefficient of static friction between the track and tires. If the track is at an angle, the equation will be slightly different.
  8. Dec 1, 2014 #7


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    Yes, but....

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