What is reality, simulation and how to model the real world

Before reading these pages, please refer to the section Tyre Analysis as it contains the foundations of vehicle dynamics, the tyre characteristics and how they effect the race car in motion.

Writing these acknowledgments has been a salutary reminder of the importance of the collective to the individual. Few of the ideas that follow are truly original - most have been borrowed, stolen or unconsciously absorbed.
To all those vehicle dynamics engineers and designers who recognize something of theirs within these pages, I owe a broad debt of gratitude.
While these widespread sources are far too many to enumerate, I thank those visionary designers and engineers who share my philosophy of vehicle dynamics and especially the importance of understanding how tyres work.


Note: Part 1. contains some of the basic principles and philosophies we should never forget when constructing simulations and models. Part 2. contains a more in depth study of racing car vehicle dynamics, analysis, simulations and models.

Part 1.

  1. The mind of a vehicle dynamics engineer
  2. The Design Process
  3. The Three Forms of Knowledge
  4. Simulation
  5. Order and Patterns
  6. Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom and Insight
  7. Scientific Method
  8. Scientific Arguments
  9. Proof
  10. Reductionism
  11. The K.I.S.S. Principle
  12. Determinism
  13. Chaos and the Butterfly effect
  14. The Laws of Nature
  15. Models and Theories

Note: Sections indicated in white are still under construction. These and additional chapters are prompted by the METCA students or any member of this site. If you have a particular area of study in mind, then just start a thread stating your interest and topics you would like White-Smoke to cover.

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