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Suspension Design using ADAMS

This course deals with the suspension analysis of a half car model, also with the fundamentals of suspension modelling. You will learn advanced multibody dynamic concepts such as; wheel travel simulation, steering wheel simulation, and others.

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Jayesh Suryawanshi

Volkswagen (I) Pvt. Ltd.,

RMD Sinhgad

Mithin SanthaKumar

Timetooth Technology

Cochin University of Science and Technology University in Kochi, Kerala

Manthan Waghaye

Altigreen Propulsion Labs Pvt Ltd

Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College Of Engineering

Hemant Sagar

KN Associates

PM polytechnic, Delhi ncr , sonipat

Jangaiah Chikonda



sai dinesh


usharama college of engineering and technology

Vadapalli A S Krishna Maruthi Srinivas

advance technologies

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada

Manas Metar

Sphinix World Biz Limited

University of Wolverhampton


This course is full of best-in-class content by leading faculty and industry experts in the form of videos and projects

Course Overview

  • This course deals with the suspension analysis of a half car model, also with the fundamentals of suspension modelling.
  • It will help you understand the mathematical modelling of a suspension system and how to apply it on an ADAMS car solver so that you can simulate the real-life behaviour of a half car model.
  • You will learn advanced Multibody Dynamics concepts such as wheel travel simulation, steering wheel simulation, and others.
  • This course will help you to understand the use of a solver for specific applications, simulate the model, and post-process the result.
  • At the end of this course, you will be able to start your career in the field of vehicle dynamics/motorsport engineering.

Course Syllabus

On a daily basis we talk to companies in the likes of Tata Elxsi and Mahindra to fine tune our curriculum.

Week 01 - Introduction

  • Introduction
    • The need for suspension
    • An overview of suspension hardware and architecture
      • Double wishbone
      • McPherson strut
      • Multi-link (5-link and trailing arm)
  • 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

Week 02 - Suspension Kinematics

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

Week 03 - 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

Week 04 - 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

Week 05 - Suspension Compliance

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

Week 06 - Kinematics and Compliance Testing

  • Purpose 
  • Types of tests performed
  • Sample test results

Week 07 - 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)

Week 08 - 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
    • A car 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
    • Testing
  • 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

Our courses have been designed by industry experts to help students achieve their dream careers

Industry Projects

Our projects are designed by experts in the industry to reflect industry standards. By working through our projects, Learners will gain a practical understanding of what they will take on at a larger-scale in the industry. In total, there are 2 Projects that are available in this program.

Achieving Target Acceleration Using Hardpoint Tuning

In this project, the students should perform hardpoint tuning to achieve the target acceleration. They should present the results in the form of an excel sheet.

Compliance Testing of the Suspension System

In this project, the students will perform suspension compliance testing. Based on the results, they will check if the system is designed appropriately.

Our courses have been designed by industry experts to help students achieve their dream careers

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Multibody Dynamics for Automotive Engineers

This Suspension Design with ADAMS course provides a comprehensive understanding of what is ADAMS Software, the suspension system and its design with ADAMS. It covers a wide range of complex and sophisticated Multibody Dynamics principles, such as steering wheel simulation, wheel travel simulation, etc. This course will teach students how to recognise the requirement for a solver in certain situations, use the model, and process the results. This course also covers the principles of automobile model analysis.

This course focuses on the system's kinematics and dynamic analysis in ADAMS. With ADAMS/Car, a unique module of the chassis platform has been designed to examine suspension ride comfort on adaptation to various vehicles. This project aims to create a parametric ADAMS model and then connect it to a Knowledge-Based Engineering tool to allow designers to complete design iterations and decrease development time swiftly.

The cost structure is separated into three flexible plans. The plans start from INR 7000 per month for two months of access on the basic plan, the pro plan costs INR 10,000 for four months of access, and the premium plan costs INR 15,000 for lifetime access.

Who Should Take This Course?

This Suspension Design with ADAMS Fees course is one of the best ADAMS courses in India and is designed for those with a strong interest in mechanical or automotive engineering. After you add the certification name to your profile, it will reinforce it. This course will also help students, professionals and anyone interested in the field.

Multibody dynamics simulations are run on linked rigid or flexible bodies to explore the load distribution over mechanical systems. Because mechanical engineers work with a number of mechanical components, understanding ADAMS software will make the job easier. Candidates interested in learning about aerodynamic simulations as well as professionals working in chassis testing, suspension product development, and multibody dynamics simulation can benefit from this course. Mechanical students with a basic understanding of machine theory who want to learn more about multibody systems and kinematics can enrol in this online course.

What will you learn?

The ADAMS Full Simulation Package is a comprehensive modelling and simulation environment that allows you to design, simulate, modify, and eventually optimise any mechanical system, from cars and trains to VCRs and backhoes. How to Design Suspension Using the ADAMS course shows you how to use Mechanical Dynamics in the ADAMS Full Simulation Package to construct, model, and refine a mechanical system.

How to Design Suspension Using the ADAMS online course will teach you what is ADAMS, and how to use ADAMS to build and model vehicle mechanics. You'll learn how to use ADAMS to mimic automobile mechanics like suspension. Mechanical and automobile students will benefit from this online ADAMS course as they develop and optimise the performance of their FSAE/BAJA cars. With ADAMS, you can quickly create a virtual prototype of a car and test it under various road conditions.

MSC ADAMS is a key tool that is frequently used in industries for a variety of applications. Understanding the fundamental ideas of multibody dynamics and analysing diverse mechanical components to discover defects is a basic need for a mechanical engineer. The course will also help students understand physics and build simulation models for MBD simulations. 

Skills You Will Gain

  • Complete understanding of the ADAMS software.
  • Learners will have a comprehensive understanding of sophisticated Multibody Dynamics topics.
  • Suspension Architecture of some popular vehicles.
  • Kinematics and Compliance Testing.
  • Learners will have all of the necessary information on the principles of suspension design for their particular vehicle.
  • The mathematical modelling of a suspension system's fundamental ideas.

Key Highlights of The Program

  • Certification on program completion for everyone and merit certificate for the top 5% of students.
  • The program is 24 weeks long.
  • Project-based learning with one-on-one assistance and two comprehensive projects to highlight on your CV.
  • Learn about essential tools and technologies like ADAMS.
  • The fundamentals of suspension system mathematical modelling.

Career Opportunities after taking the course 

The course opens up opportunities like Simulation Engineer MBD available in the Volvo group. You will learn to perform Kinematics and Compliances of mechanism In Adams View to evaluate the preliminary design intent gap. Because of your projects during the course, you will also have a healthy portfolio to showcase to employers regarding Multi-Body Dynamics Simulation. This opens up various roles like Strength & Durability Manager in Maruti Suzuki and Development Engineer in Garrett.

As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities available for students who have a firm understanding and practical knowledge of ADAMS. The course also allows students to suggest countermeasures for performance improvement, which is ideal for roles like Simulation Engineer MBD. The course also provides exposure to physical testing and the ability to understand test conditions. If you are looking for different industries, various positions are open for simulation and test engineers in different fields. 

FAQs on Suspension Design using ADAMS

1, What types of software are covered in this course?

Learners will have full access to information and databases connected to software such as - ADAMS during this course.

2, What is the learning process like?

Skill Lync collaborates with industry professionals to provide you with high-quality recorded content and practice assignments, which you will have access to at the beginning of each week of the program.

3, What are the distinct Multibody Dynamics concepts that this course will cover?

Steering wheel simulation, wheel travel simulation, and other Multi-body dynamics principles will be addressed in this course.

4, What type of help do I get if I have any doubts?

For any doubts and questions, you will receive professional assistance. Your specialised support engineer and course instructors can be reached through Whatsapp, Email, phone, or video-conferencing. 

5, Will I receive a certificate after finishing the online course How to Design Suspension Using ADAMS?

For the top 5% of the class, Skill Lync awards a merit certificate, and every participant receives a course completion certificate.

6, What is the fee for the How to Design Suspension Using ADAMS course?

The fee structure is divided into flexible plans offering three options. The basic plan gives you two months' access for a fee of INR 7000, the pro plan fee is INR 10,000 per month and gives you four months of access, and the premium plan is for INR 15,000 and gives you lifetime access. 

7, What is the duration of the How to Design Suspension Using ADAMS  course?

How to Design Suspension Using ADAMS is a 24 week-long program. 

8, Is the How to Design Suspension Using ADAMS an online course?

Yes, the How to Design Suspension Using ADAMS is a fully online course. 

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INR 40,000

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