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A Solar Car PrimerInteractions with the Atmosphere and Road

A Solar Car Primer: Interactions with the Atmosphere and Road [The interactions of a car with its environment—gravity, the atmosphere, and the road surface—create forces which act on the car, usually opposing its motion. This chapter shows how these forces are related to the characteristics of the car under the designer’s control, such as its shape and weight, and to the effort required to move it: the tractive forceTractive force. A magnitude will be calculated to give the reader an idea of the importance of each interaction. The calculations will use the characteristics of actual solar racing cars to make the numbers realistic.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Solar Car PrimerInteractions with the Atmosphere and Road

Springer Journals — Jul 3, 2015

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
ISBN
978-3-319-17493-8
Pages
5 –37
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-17494-5_2
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The interactions of a car with its environment—gravity, the atmosphere, and the road surface—create forces which act on the car, usually opposing its motion. This chapter shows how these forces are related to the characteristics of the car under the designer’s control, such as its shape and weight, and to the effort required to move it: the tractive forceTractive force. A magnitude will be calculated to give the reader an idea of the importance of each interaction. The calculations will use the characteristics of actual solar racing cars to make the numbers realistic.]

Published: Jul 3, 2015

Keywords: Drag Coefficient; Tractive Force; Rolling Resistance; Pitching Moment; Friction Drag

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