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Simulation Fundamentals
Instructors: Eric Hunter, P.E., Kenneth S. Baker

  • Part I - Monday, 9:00 AM
  • Part II - Monday, 1:30 PM
  • Part III - Tuesday, 8:30 AM
  • Part IV - Tuesday, 1:30 PM
  • Part V - Wednesday, 8:30 AM

This workshop series is designed for the new user who wants a basic understanding of how simulation programs help them investigate vehicle crashes and loss-of-control scenarios. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on computer labs, the student will learn how HVE-compatible simulation programs model vehicle behavior using physics-based calculation routines to predict vehicle trajectories based upon user entered vehicle and environmental factors, initial conditions and driver inputs.

EDSMAC4 will be used extensively in these workshops.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Anatomy of a Simulation
  • Inputs
  • Outputs
  • Tire Model
  • Tire Force Calculations
  • Friction Circle
  • Calculation Method
  • Vehicle Connections
  • Collision Modeling
  • Driver Controls

Each student should bring their own laptop computer to use for hands-on simulation exercises, such as single vehicle path modeling, two vehicle collision analysis, multi-vehicle collision analysis and articulated vehicle modeling. Students should be generally familiar with the use of the Vehicle, Environment, Event and Playback Editors in their HVE/HVE-2D software, as they will be used extensively in creating and executing EDSMAC and EDSMAC4 simulations.

Each part of the workshop series builds upon experiences from the previous part, so students should plan to attend from start to finish. Upon completion of the workshop, the student will have gained a general understanding of how simulation programs work, and also a greater insight into their use for real-world applications.

Students are strongly encouraged to bring their computers to work through examples in this series of workshops.

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