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The Leading Edge: Aerodynamic Design of Ultra-Streamlined Land Vehicles (Engineering and Performance)

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Publisher Comments:

The Leading Edge is the first book to summarize the design and construction issues of solar cars and ultralight land vehicles. Author Goro Tamai draws on his own experience in designing solar cars at MIT to produce a book for the ground-up streamlined land-vehicle designer or constructor, as well as for the solar/electric/ultralight vehicle enthusiast. As with any engineering problem, the "best" body shape for solar cars, HPVs, or Electrathoners is not the body of absolute lowest drag. The vehicle system, including the driver, chassis, and energy/drive system must work in concert to produce the maximum output. The Leading Edge will help designers quantify the trade-offs, and make logical decisions.<BR>-- Vehicles covered include solar cars, human-powered vehicles (HPV), solar brakes, electrathon racers, ground-up hybrid or pure electric vehicles, and fuel-economy record cars<BR>-- Numerous examples using specific race cars and teams, and how designers solved problems<BR>-- Full definition of terms, with equations and examples provided for determining key aerodynamic parameters<BR>-- All design and construction issues, from body shape, to wheels, to canopy integration, to solar panel sizing<BR>-- How to do in-the-field testing and diagnosis of aerodynamic performances<BR>-- Special overview section reviews the history of ultra-streamlined land vehicle development

Book News Annotation:

Written for both the streamlined land-vehicle designer and the casual enthusiast, this book summarizes the design and construction issues of a wide variety of solar cars and bikes, human-powered, electric, and other ultra light land vehicles. Tamai, who designed solar cars while studying at MIT, gives examples from specific race cars and teams to explain how designers solved problems. He discusses design and construction issues, and explains how to do in-the-field testing and diagnosis of aerodynamic performance.
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Synopsis:

Written for both the streamlined land-vehicle designer and the casual enthusiast, this book summarizes the design and construction issues of a wide variety of solar cars and bikes, human-powered, electric, and other ultra light land vehicles. Tamai, who designed solar cars while studying at MIT, giv

Synopsis:

The Leading Edge is the first book to summarize the aerodynamic design and construction issues of solar cars and ultralight land vehicles. Author Goro Tamai draws on his own experience in designing solar cars at MIT to produce a book for the ground-up streamlined land-vehicle designer or constructor, as well as for the solar/electric/ultralight vehicle enthusiast. As with any engineering problem, the best body shape for solar cars, HPVs, or Electrathoners is not the body of absolute lowest drag. The vehicle system, including the driver, chassis, and energy/drive system must work in concert to produce the maximum output. The Leading Edge will help designers quantify the trade-offs, and make logical decisions.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-280) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780837608600
Author:
Tamai, Goro
Publisher:
Bentley Publishers
Location:
Cambridge, MA
Subject:
Automotive - Antique & Classic
Subject:
Engineering - Automotive
Subject:
Transportation
Subject:
Aerodynamics
Subject:
Solar cars.
Subject:
automotive
Subject:
Solar cars - Aerodynamics
Subject:
Engineering-General Engineering
Series:
Engineering and Performance
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
11.06x8.27x.68 in. 1.54 lbs.

Related Subjects

Engineering » Engineering » General Engineering
Transportation » Automotive » General

The Leading Edge: Aerodynamic Design of Ultra-Streamlined Land Vehicles (Engineering and Performance)
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Product details 312 pages Bentley Publishers - English 9780837608600 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Written for both the streamlined land-vehicle designer and the casual enthusiast, this book summarizes the design and construction issues of a wide variety of solar cars and bikes, human-powered, electric, and other ultra light land vehicles. Tamai, who designed solar cars while studying at MIT, giv
"Synopsis" by , The Leading Edge is the first book to summarize the aerodynamic design and construction issues of solar cars and ultralight land vehicles. Author Goro Tamai draws on his own experience in designing solar cars at MIT to produce a book for the ground-up streamlined land-vehicle designer or constructor, as well as for the solar/electric/ultralight vehicle enthusiast. As with any engineering problem, the best body shape for solar cars, HPVs, or Electrathoners is not the body of absolute lowest drag. The vehicle system, including the driver, chassis, and energy/drive system must work in concert to produce the maximum output. The Leading Edge will help designers quantify the trade-offs, and make logical decisions.
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