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FKFS Academy

11 -13 June & 16 - 25 July 2024

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Driving Dynamics

Know-How in Theory, Measuring Technique and Testing

16 - 17 July 2024


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wagner, FKFS & IFS University of Stuttgart

More information about Prof. Wagner


  • Dr.-Ing. Gerd Baumann, FKFS, Head of AM1 – Software,
  • Dr.-Ing. Jens Neubeck, FKFS, Head of AE1 - Vehicle Dynamics & Chassis Functions,
  • Dipl.-Ing. Christian Holzapfel, FKFS, Project Manager Stuttgart Driving Simulator,
  • Dr.-Ing. Werner Krantz, IFS, Senior Expert - Vehicle Dynamics & Chassis Functions

Target Group

This course targets professionals who work or who are interested in the area of driving dynamics. The professionals can be technicians or engineers who either are newcomers or who simply wish to learn more about this topic. The course focuses on the fundamentals of driving dynamics covering measurement techniques as well as computational approaches and driving simulation. The various facets of the course content are presented as both theoretical lectures and practical training in the Stuttgart Driving Simulator and with the Stuttgart Handling Roadway.

Course Objectives

The course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the field of driving dynamics. The participants will be trained to be able to carry out respective development work at car manufacturers and suppliers under consideration of the various interfaces to other disciplines.

Objective 1:

Understand the physics of vehicle motion in the road plane. Understand the vehicle characteristics that determine driving comfort and safety and allow the developer to generate “driving pleasure” and a “driving dynamics DNA”.

Objective 2:

Learn about driving dynamics measurement and objective characterization the vehicle response. Get to know methods and applications of vehicle dynamics simulation.

Objective 3:

Learn about current trends in driving dynamics development including active systems, driver assistance systems and autonomous driving.

Objective 4:

Apply advanced tools like the Stuttgart Driving Simulator and the Stuttgart Handling Roadway to boost development by seamlessly integrating virtual development and testing.


Module 1: Basics of Driving Dynamics

  • Basic tire properties
  • Vehicle motion in the road plane
  • Basic driving dynamics characteristics
  • Roll & pitch motion / vertical dynamics
  • Suspension properties
  • Handling performance versus driving comfort

Module 2: Advanced Driving Dynamics

  • Key characteristics and driving dynamics DNA
  • Property based development / systems engineering
  • Influence of aerodynamics
  • Influence of drivetrain electrification
  • Active chassis systems
  • Dynamics with all-wheel steering

Module 3: Driving Dynamics Characterization

  • Measuring equipment and vehicle sensors
  • Objective characterization
  • Road testing
  • Rig testing
  • Data analysis
  • Model parameterization

Module 4: Driving Simulation and Autonomous Driving

  • Driving-simulator basics
  • Simulation framework
  • Driving dynamics testing in simulators
  • Front-loading chassis concepts
  • Enabler for automated vehicles
  • Scenario design

Module 5: Practical Training – Stuttgart Driving Simulator

  • Practical introduction
    • Scenario
    • Model implementation
  • Workshop
    • All-wheel steering strategy
    • Suspension setup

Module 6: Practical Training – Stuttgart Handling Roadway

  • Practical introduction
    • Basic setup and operation
    • Customizing rig control
  • Workshop
    • Lateral dynamics characterization
    • Vertical dynamics characterization
    • All-wheel steering calibration


After having completed this course, the participants will have a fundamental knowledge about driving dynamics. They will have knowledge about measurement equipment and innovative testing methods as well as insight into vehicle dynamics simulation, model parameterization and driving simulation in a full-motion driving simulator.