This report presents the research on the vehicle dynamics modelling and suspension
design for a to be built one-off vehicle. The vehicle is called the Dutch
Innovator vehicle, and is designed for travelling around the globe while minimizing
the ecological footprint. To accomplish this, the vehicle is propelled by
either a full electric or hybrid drivetrain. Combining this with the heavy cabin
mounted on top off the chassis to enclose the passengers, the resulting designs
are heavy (up to 3500 [kg]) and have a high center of gravity (0:95 [m]).
The goal of this internship is to improve the driving behavior of the Dutch Innovator
vehicle. This will be done by creating a model to simulate the dynamic
behavior of the vehicle under various circumstances. From these simulations,
conclusions will be drawn regarding ride and handling of the vehicle and the
amount of energy dissipated in the suspension. Furthermore, these results will
be used to determine whether the suspension should be adjusted and if it is feasible
to improve the driving range by recuperating energy from the suspension.
Conclusively it is stated that the Dutch Innovator vehicle combines a not uncomfortable
ride with a safe handling. Unfortunately, the energy dissipated in
the suspension can not be recuperated to increase the driving range.