As long ago as 1957 J.J. Taborek of the Towmotor Corporation showed in his "Machine Design" article series "Mechanics of Vehicles" (published as a separate booklet by Penton in the USA) that accelerative performance and maximum speed of vehicles could be predicted accurately - and co-related, for example, with motoring magazine road tests - from the basic vehicle design parameters. Here R.T.C. Harman, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury (NZ), shows how the energy used in a test driving cycle can be predicted and thus fuel consumption figures obtained in advance of vehicle manufacture.

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    Mechanical Engineering Publications Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Harman, RTC
  • Publication Date: 1985-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 46-48
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 10
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    • ISSN: 0307-6490

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00495717
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 571
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1990 12:00AM