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  1. #51
    Wish our team had seen this book http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Racing-M...e+constructors when we were doing Formula Student, would've been invaluable, discusses types of steel and aluminiium used in frame construction. welding and the distortion causesd by it, steel and aluminium alloys suitable for axles, hubs etc, exhaust construction, low volume casting techniques (are you reallygoing to cnc all the parts for the theoretical 1000 production run?) and loads more.

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    From my vehicle dynamic professor
    The Science of Vehicle Dynamics
    Handling, Braking, and Ride of Road and Race Cars
    Guiggiani, Massimo


    Here you can find some very useful interactive tools to support a better understand how vehicle dynamics is affected by changing one or more parameters.
    Lorenzo Pessa

    D-Team UniPisa (alumni of E-Team - Università di Pisa)
    FSG & FSAE-I 2009-2010

  3. #53
    Here’s a few suggestions for additions to the list:

    Dzik (ed). Aircraft Detail Design Manual (3rd ed'n). Aviation Publications, Appleton, WI., 1977.
    Intersecting lines on paper are one thing; connections amongst tubes and plates with real 3D dimensions are another. Here are lots of "how other people do it" line drawings of metal aircraft fabrications.

    Gordon, J.E. The New Science of Strong Materials. Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, England, 1968.
    Everyone with an interest in materials and/or structures should read this .Out of print, but available used at very modest cost.

    Gordon, J.E. Structures. Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, England, 1978.
    An easy, pleasant read (this is definitely not a ‘textbook’) that provides deep understanding of basic structural concepts.

    Pazmany, L. Light Airplane Construction. L. Pazmany, San Diego, CA., 1970.
    Race cars and light aircraft – especially those built in tiny numbers – have a lot in common.

    Taylor, C.F. Internal-Combustion Engine in Theory & Practice. (2 vols). M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, MA., 1985.
    Volume 1 is mathematics/physics stuff. Volume 2 is much more about the ‘hardware’ including, for example, very useful general guidance on things like rates of coolant and oil flow, etc.

    Tufte, Edward R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT., 1983.
    Anyone preparing visual materials, on paper or on screen, for design judges, sponsors, university panels or even other team members, will learn much to do (and to avoid) from Tufte.

    Wulpi, Donald J. Understanding How Components Fail. ASM, Materials Park, OH., 2000.
    At their best (think commercial jet) modern mechanical artifacts are stunningly reliable. It’s all a matter of eliminating causes of failure, which necessitates an understanding of those causes. Wulpi goes a long way toward showing how to beat the mythical ‘Murphy’ at his own game.

    Tilley, Alvin R. The Measure of Man and Woman. Wiley, N.Y., 2002.
    If you lined up all the “Percy’s” (and the Mrs. Percy’s) in the world., measured them, right down to their fingertips., and wrote it all down, this is what you’d get.

    Clauser, H.R. (ed). Encyclopedia/Handbook of Materials, Parts and Finishes. Technomic. Westport, CT. 1976. Hundreds of brief articles to help narrow-down materials choices...then dig deeper!


  4. #54
    Awesome additions, Forbes. Thanks!

  5. #55
    I recommend a book for engine management and control system design it's 'Automotive Control Systems For Engine, Driveline, and Vehicle -(Kiencke, Uwe, Nielsen, Lars)' you can find answers of many questions (powertrain modeling,diesel engines,si engines, control units working principles ...)

    book web link is http://www.springer.com/engineering/...-3-540-23139-4
    İlker ÖZTÜRK
    Yildiz Technical University
    Power Engineering

  6. #56
    I was wondering if anyone could provide a brief review of the book 'The Science of Vehicle Dynamics' by Massimo Guiggiani?

    Good, poor? New perspective or more of the same?

    In short, having all of the often mentioned standard texts is this book worth adding to my library?


  7. #57
    Automotive Ergonomics is another great addition; not everyone realizes how important ergonomics are for (race)cars.


  8. #58
    If you're interested specifically in composites, take a look at the literature below... I've spent a small fortune on composites textbooks this year, yet these are the only ones I constantly reference. Realize I'm a novice... so my impression may not be worth much.

    Composite Materials: Materials, Manufacturing, Analysis, Design and Repair [COLOR=#555555 !important]Paperback[/COLOR] [COLOR=#555555 !important]– December 6, 2014[/COLOR]


    Introduction to the Design and Analysis of Composite Structures: An Engineers Practical Guide Using OptiStruct [COLOR=#555555 !important]Paperback[/COLOR] [COLOR=#555555 !important]– August 30, 2014[/COLOR]


    Structural Composites: Advanced Composites in Aviation [COLOR=#555555 !important]Perfect Paperback[/COLOR] [COLOR=#555555 !important]– May 30, 2013[/COLOR]


  9. #59

    Post RE: Engine Design Book

    warning: self promotion


    I have read most of the books on engine design, and while satisfied with the ones that covered the energy-systems side (Heywood, etc), I wasn't satisfied with the ones on the structural design side of engines. So, I wrote my own book with the aid of a colleague:

    Vehicular Engine Design (Powertrain) 2nd ed. 2016 Edition, Kevin Hoag and Brian Dondlinger

    This book is targeted at the entry level engineer, and starts with laying out an engine from a clean sheet. First, the markets are considered, then engine displacement, number of pistons, bore/stroke, and then cylinder arrangement. It then moves from basic design to coverage of system-by-system. The typical career path of a powertrain engineer is to start by designing one component like a valve, then in mid-career moving to systems design such as cooling or lubrication, then finally late career laying out a complete engine. The purpose of this book is to accelerate the process of learning. The second edition increased the length of the book from 200 to 400 pages, added 100+ new equations, and 60+ new figures.
    Brian Dondlinger
    New Publication: Vehicular Engine Design, 2nd ed. on Amazon and Springer.com

  10. #60
    Has anyone found any of these books online ? and possibly have a download link ?

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