Chassis Design

Chassis Design: Principles and Analysis is based on Olley's technical writings, and is the first complete presentation of his life and work. This new book provides insight into the development of chassis technology and its practical application by a master. Many examples are worked out in the text and the analytical developments are grounded by Olley's years of design experience.

Well-illustrated with over 400 figures and tables, as well as numerous appendices.

  • 2002-02-01
  • Published by SAE International with a Product Code of R-206, ISBN of 978-0-7680-0826-5, and 676 pages in a hardbound binding. Table of Contents
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"For the Rolls-Royce or Bentley enthusiast this important book has a very special place, for the vast majority of the material has been taken directly from the previously unpublished writings of Maurice Olley... We owe the authors of this... book a great debt of gratitude that finally, after more than thirty years under wraps, the Olley monographs have been released, and permission granted for their publication... It is a true look into the world of automotive suspension design and despite the enormous body of data presented, the book is honest in its conclusion that even with all that has become understood and quantified, the subject remains probably the most complex field in automotive engineering... This work not only looks like a textbook, but one would expect that it will indeed be adopted for exactly that purpose. Any new student of automotive chassis design would do well to start his or her education with an appreciation and understanding of how suspension systems have reached their present development and I cannot imagine a better source than this single book... One cannot come away from this book without gaining a greater appreciation of this complex subject. You will also come to have a great respect for Maurice Olley, one of the original pioneers in chassis design, and for the Millikens who carry on that tradition today (for more on the work of Milliken Research Associates go to I, for one, have already decided to also order a copy of their SAE best-seller Race Car Vehicle Dynamics."
-James Pate, Rolls-Royce Owners Club USA 

You may think Ferdinand Porsche invented oversteer, but I mean the concept, not the action. It was Maurice Olley, a giant of 20th-century engineering who made technical sense of this idea and a great many others in vehicle dynamics. Celebrating Olley’s technical prowess here amidst these GM concept cars is appropriate, as many of his engineering achievements came during his tenure at General Motors, 1930-1957... This book is based on technical notes that Olley composed in that GM office during his Chevy R&D “retirement.” These notes and more than 400 of Olley’s technical figures and tables are augmented by Milliken commentary; the latter, setting the stage here, amplifying there, always in italics so you come to appreciate the amazing breadth and depth of Olley’s work... This is a technical treatise, one that will likely find use in graduate engineering courses... It’s a 637-page seminar taught by a great automotive mind of the 20th century. And sitting next to you are two knowledgeable, helpful and articulate pals..

--Road & Track

"Chassis Design - Principles and Analysis" contains over six hundred pages, and covers all aspects of vehicle suspension, ride and handling. As a textbook, it develops the subject matter from first principles, supported by a vast number of easily understood diagrams; the authors have also added their own explanatory notes in places to clarify some aspects and to aid understanding. Those of us for whom school is but a distant memory may prefer to skip through much of the mathematics, but the erudite manner in which Olley discusses the conclusions drawn from his theoretical and practical work makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in how and why motor cars behave in the way that they do. Any young engineer starting work in this field, with arrays of computer aided design and data acquisition packages at his disposal, would be well advised to first study the contents of this book, to obtain a tangible feel for the subject and to help to avoid some of the "rubbish in - rubbish out" pitfalls of the electronic age.

--Brian Shilton

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