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Prof Schalk Els


His research interests are in the field of vehicle dynamics, focussing on the use of controllable suspension systems to improve ride comfort, handling and rollover propensity of off-road and heavy vehicles.

Current research projects include tyre modeling and testing, autonomous control, rollover prevention, controllable suspension systems as well as modeling of hydropneumatic, air and leaf springs.

Based on international accident statistics, especially with respect to Sport Utility Vehicles and off-road vehicles, this research will increase in importance in future. My vision for the next five years is to continue the research by combining suspension control with other active safety systems such as electronic stability control, all-wheel steering and braking systems will lead the way towards safer and more comfortable vehicles.

Tel: 012-420-2045

Fax: 012-362-5087





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