Field Method for Torsion Stiffness Measurement of Complete Vehicles 2003-01-2754
The following paper describes how to measure the global torsional stiffness of a complete car under field-like conditions. All that's needed are lifting devices, two stands of equal height, three glide planes or equivalent, three scales and two inclinometers, a spirit level, some pieces of aluminum and a glue gun. The results from four measured cars are presented and a comparison is made with values obtained with laboratory equipment and data from manufacturers. The method is a fast and economic means to find the most interesting cars that then can be selected for measurement by traditional methods, giving the stiffness as a function of the vehicles long axis, and thus minimizes the cost of benchmarking. Time for measuring one car with all equipment readily available and with personnel having some experience of the method is about two hours. Only the sway bars have to be disconnected. Absolutely no damage to the measured car means that rented cars can be used.