Suspension Design using Adams

Rs 30,000

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Adams is the most widely used multibody dynamics and motion analysis software in the world. Adams helps engineers to study the dynamics of moving parts, how loads and forces are distributed throughout mechanical systems and to improve and optimize the performance of their products.


Top 5% of the class will get a merit certificate. Course completion certificate will be provided to all students who complete the course. You will receive both e-verified and hard copy of your certificates.

Course Syllabus

Theoretical Concepts Covered:


  • The need for suspension
  • Overview of suspension hardware and architecture
    • Double wishbone
    • McPherson strut
    • Multi link (5-link and trailing arm)
    • Torsion beam
    • Solid axle
    • Pushrod and pullrod (FSAE)
  • Introduction to ADAMS
    • Software overview
    • Capabilities
    • Adams Car module overview
      • Motivation
      • Model hierarchy
      • Database
      • Adams file structure and terminology
      • User modes
      • Basic operations
        • Opening the program
        • Interface and tools overview
        • Loading a database
        • Working directory
        • Opening a model
        • Running a simple simulation
        • Animating and viewing results
        • Exploring, making changes and saving

Suspension kinematics

  • Motion of the wheel carrier
    • Degrees of freedom
    • No. of links
  • Concept of instant center
    • Equivalent swing arm (front and side view)
    • Instant center (front and side view)
    • Instant axis of motion
  • Front view geometry
    • Front view instant center
    • Front view virtual swing armlength and angle
    • Bump and scrub and track change
    • Roll center height
      • Kinematic roll center
      • Force roll center
  • Side view geometry
    • Side view instant center
    • Side view virtual swing arm length and angle
    • Wheel center longitudinal recession
    • Anti characteristics
      • Anti-dive
      • Anti-lift
      • Anti-squat

Steering Kinematics

  • Kingpin geometry
    • Defining the kingpin
    • Caster angle
    • Mechanic trail
    • Scrub radius
    • Kingpin inclination
    • Kingpin offsets
    • Steer jacking
  • Low speed turning geometry
    • Ackermann
    • Turning circle diameter
  • Steering geometry error
    • Ride steer
    • Roll steer
    • Torque steer
  • Steering ratio
    • Tire steer angle
    • C-Factor

Ride geometry

  • Wheel travel
    • Metal to metal travel
    • Jounce bumpers
    • Rebound bumpers
  • Simple quarter car model
    • Wheel rate
    • Motion rate
    • Ride rate
    • Ride frequencies and flat concept
  • Suspension damping
    • Need for damping
    • Shock absorber design
    • Damper characteristics

Suspension compliance

  • Need for compliance
    • Types of compliance
      • Longitudinal (braking and traction) compliance
      • Lateral (force and aligning torque) compliance
      • Effect on ride and handling

    Kinematics and Compliance Testing

    • Purpose 
    • Types of tests performed
      • Sample test results

      Suspension Architecture of some popular vehicles

      This will help you understand how various kinematics and compliance parameters come together.
      Probably not all the following vehicles will be covered - time dependent

      • Ford Mustang GT
      • McLaren MP4-12C
      • Ford Fiesta (rear suspension)

      Adams Simulations:

      Software Interface

      • Launching Adams - view and car
      • Setting up a working directory
      • Launching Adams from working directory
      • Adams help

      The Database

      • Database structure
      • Configuration files
      • Acar shared database
      • Publishing the Acar database
      • Creating a new database
      • The private database
      • Other database management options

      Opening a model, running a simulation, animating and viewing results

      • Open McPherson strut assembly
      • Zoom, pan, rotate, shaded/wireframe, icons on/off
      • Perform parallel wheel travel
      • Animate results
      • Plot toe gradient
      • Change hardpoint
      • Re-run analysis
      • Animate
      • Overlay toe gradient
      • Save model and exit

      File structure

      • Data hierarchy
        • Template
          • Building a template (will not be covered)
        • Subsystem
          • Building a suspension subsystem
          • Building a steering subsystem
        • Assembly
          • Assembling the subsystems
      • User modes
      • Testrig

      The post processor

      • Plotting results
        • All graph options
          • Exporting a plot configuration file
          • Creating plots with plot configuration files
          • Animating results
            • All animating options
            • Exporting a movie
          • Importing files
            • Result files
            • Test data
          • Exporting files
            • Numeric data
            • Spreadsheets

          Elements of an Adams car model - suspension, steering, brakes, powertrain

          • Parts
          • Geometries
          • Hardpoints
          • Springs
          • Joints
          • Bushings
          • Stoppers
          • Dampers
          • Tires
          • Steering assist
          • Roll bars
          • Suspension parameters
          • Other useful options
            • Aggregate mass
            • Database navigator
            • Graphical topology

          Types of analysis

          • Displacement driven
            • Parallel wheel travel
            • Opposite wheel travel
            • Single wheel travel
            • Roll and vertical force
            • Steering
          • Force driven
            • Static loads
              • Longitudinal
              • Lateral
              • Vertical
              • Moments
            • Dynamic loads
          • External files - load cases

          Who can take this course?


          Engineering students in the domains of either mechanical engineering or automotive engineering who are in their 5th semester or higher.

          The following skills can be beneficial but not a prerequisite

          • Formula SAE or BAJA experience
          • Basic coursework in kinematics/dynamics of machinery
          • Introductory courses in automotive suspension engineering


          Engineers working in the following domains of vehicle dynamics will benefit from this course:

          • Multi-body dynamics simulation
          • Suspension product development
          • Chassis testing

          Student Testimonials

          Our students love us! Read what they have to say below.

          Amazing course content. Genuine efforts by the instructor and entire organisation to help educate students. I'll definitely recommended this course for Mechanical Engineers.

          Raj Mehta

          I had a good experience joining the course here. Mentors are friendly and they clear the doubts very well. In my experience during the course i learnt a lot of new concepts

          Abhinash Rajbanshi

          The quality of teaching and the approach was really nice. And their support team always ready 24*7 to help us in solving our problems.

          Amit Patel


          1. Who can take your course?

          • Undergraduates/Graduates/Post graduates in Mechanical, Aerospace, Automobile
          • People working in industry
          • Anyone interested in learning Suspension Design

          2. What is included in your course?

          • Introduction to suspension architecture and ADAMS Acar
          • Numerical design concepts of suspension

          3. What will the student gain from your course?

          • In depth understanding of suspension design
          • Introduction and techniques as to how to use ADAMS Acar

          4. What software skills are you teaching and how well are these tools used in the industry?

          • ADAMS Acar
          • All the OEMs use ADAMS Acar to design the suspension and simulate them 

          5. What is the real world application for the tools and techniques will you teach in this course?

          • theoretical calculations done in the industries based on achieving targets 
          • making changes in the ADAMS model to achieve targeted goals and attain optimum suspension architecture

          6. Which companies use these techniques and for what?

          • All the OEMs that make commercial passenger, racing cars will follow this techniques

          7. How is your course going to help me in my path to MS or PhD?

          • Having in-depth knowledge in suspension design will make your profile stand out
          • Getting a scholarship will be very easy given your command over the subject

          8. How is this course going to help me get a job?

          • Companies will prefer trained candidates that are well versed in suspension design 
          • Technical round will be a cake walk for you and you will make a big impression on the recruiters
          • Salary will not be a constrain for the right candidate with necessary job skills. You can negotiate your salary better