Vehicle Dynamics Simulation for Handling Optimization of Heavy Trucks 2000-01-3437
The purpose of this paper is to show how vehicle dynamics simulation can be utilized in the design and optimization of heavy trucks, with the example of the Freightliner/Rosenbauer Panther FL airport rescue vehicle. By using dynamic simulation in the design process for the Panther FL, enhancements in vehicle handling and safety were made before the first vehicle was built. Once a prototype was completed, a full testing program was run to verify the accuracy of the simulation, and to see if the design goals had been achieved. This paper will trace the development of the Panther FL from concept and initial modeling, to design optimization and final model validation.