- Slip angle
In

car handling ,**slip angle**is the angle between a rolling wheel's actual direction of travel and the direction towards which it is pointing (i.e., the angle of the vector sum of wheel translational velocity $v\_X$ andsideslip velocity $v\_Y$). This slip angle results in a force perpendicular to the wheel's direction of travel -- thecornering force . This cornering force increases approximately linearly for the first few degrees of slip angle, then increases non-linearly to a maximum before beginning to decrease. (This is directly analogous to thecoefficient of lift inaerodynamics .)The slip angle, $alpha$ is defined as

$alpha\; riangleq\; -arctanleft(frac\{v\_w\}\; ight)$A non-zero slip angle arises because of deformation in the

tire carcass and tread. As the tire rotates, the friction between the contact patch and the road result in individual tread 'elements' (infinitely small sections of tread) remaining stationary with respect to the road. If a side-slip velocity "u" is introduced, thecontact patch will be deformed. As a tread element enters the contact patch the friction between road and tire means that the tread element remains stationary, yet the tire continues to move laterally. This means that the tread element will be ‘deflected’ sideways. In reality it is the tire/wheel that is being deflected away from the stationary tread element, but convention is for the co-ordinate system to be fixed around the wheel mid-plane.As the tread element moves through the contact patch it will be deflected further from the wheel mid-plane:

This deflection gives rise to the slip angle, and to the cornering force.

Because the forces exerted on the wheels by the weight of the vehicle are not distributed equally, the slip angles of each tire will be different. The ratios between the slip angles will determine the vehicle's behavior in a given turn. If the ratio of front to rear slip angles is greater than 1:1, the vehicle will tend to

understeer , while a ratio of less than 1:1 will produceoversteer . Actual instantaneous slip angles depend on many factors, including the condition of the road surface, but a vehicle's suspension can be designed to promote specific dynamic characteristics. A principal means of adjusting developed slip angles is to alter the relative roll couple (the rate at which weight transfers from the inside to the outside wheel in a turn) front to rear by varying the relative amount of front and rear lateralload transfer . This can be achieved by modifying the height of theRoll center s, or by adjustingroll stiffness , either through suspension changes or the addition of ananti-roll bar .**Measurement of slip angle**There are a number of devices which can be used to measure slip angle, some use optical methods, some use inertial methods, some GPS and some both GPS and inertial. Examples of devices that can be used to measure slip angle include a twin antenna GPS system called the VBOX by Racelogic, a twin channel optical sensor by Corrsys Datron and an inertial and GPS solution by Oxford Technical Solutions.

**References*** [

*http://www.racelogic.co.uk/?show=VBOX-Products-Slip_Angle_Sensor Racelogic VBOX*]

* [*http://www.corrsys-datron.com/optical_sensors.htm/ Corrsys Datron*]

* [*http://www.www.oxts.co.uk// Oxford Technical Solutions*]

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