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SUV STABILITY AND SAFETY

Introduction
Engineers vs. Stylists
Fundamental rule of car design
Center of gravity
Static c.g.
Tipover lines
Dynamic c.g. shift
Dynamic c.g. shift and safety factor
c.g. height, H, and dynamic c.g. shift
Adequate safety factor
Tipover formulae variables
Rules of thumb
Rollover safety factor
Obtaining dimensions of T and H
Safety factor formulae
Evaluation of a compact station wagon
Stability Table
Evaluation of a compact SUV
Rollover Stability Chart
Evaluation of a standard SUV
Evaluation of a high performance SUV
Need for proving-ground testing
Cornering-stability road testing
Conclusions
Recommendations
Appendix

                                                                            

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