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Speed Calculation

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Printed Date: Feb/05/2023 at 11:42am

Topic: Speed Calculation
Posted By: Ghost
Subject: Speed Calculation
Date Posted: Aug/30/2016 at 10:31pm
Does anyone have any input into this MATLAB code for max vehicle speed? How would you incorporate CVT and gearbox ratio into this equation. I found this on a teams report, I do not take ownership of this code.

% This Program will allow for a maximum vehicle velocity to be calculated
% from a number of given inputs
% Maximum Power at the rear wheels (assuming 85% efficient driveline)
Pmax = 550*.84*(8.9); % (ft*lb/s)

% Frontal Car Area
A = 2016/144; % sq ft

% Drag Coefficient
Cd = 1.08;

% Density of Air at standard conditions
rho = 2.38 * (10^(-3)); %slugs/(cubic foot)

% Vehicle weight
W = 420; %lbf

% Coefficient of Rolling Resistance
Crr = .068;

% Maximum Vehicle Velocity (Just an initialization)
Vmax = 0; % ft/s
roots = 0;
while (1)
    RHS = (1/2)*(Cd)*(A)*(rho)*(Vmax^3) + (Crr*W)*Vmax;
    eapprox = abs((Pmax - RHS)/Pmax)*100;
    if eapprox < .1;
    fprintf('The maximum attainable vehicle velocity is approximately\n')
    fprintf(' %.4f  mph \n',Vmax*(3600/5280))
    Vmax = Vmax + .01;

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