Methodology for Accelerating Life Tests on Shock Absorbers 2001-01-1103
Horizontal and vertical axle and cabin dampers are used on cars, trucks and busses to optimize the ride and safety and therefore represent vital components of the truck suspension. Nowadays there is a trend in industry for a longer component life featured by a shorter-term design. Therefore it becomes less obvious to have too many iterations in design with successive (long) durability test drives. Using the presented methodology the potential life damage for each critical component is identified from realistic road measurements and a life test is proposed which causes the same damage but in a relatively shorter period. This methodology was drawn up and validated during a European research program, Fatynamics.