Vehicle Road Simulation Testing, Correlation and Variability 2005-01-0856
In this paper, responses from a vehicle's suspension, chassis and body, are used to demonstrate a methodology to optimize physical test results. It is well known that there is a variability effect due to an increase of wheel unsprung mass (due to loads measurement fixturing), tire pressure, speed, etc. This paper quantifies loading variability due to Wheel Force Transducer (WFT) unsprung mass by using a rainflow cycle counting domain. Also, presents a proving ground-to-test correlation study and the data reduction techniques that are used in road simulation test development to identify the most nominal road load measurement.
Fundamental technical information and analytical methodology useful in overall vehicle durability testing are discussed. Durability testing in a laboratory is designed to correlate fatigue damage rig to road. A Proving Ground (PG) loading history is often acquired by running an instrumented vehicle over one or more PG events with various drivers. The statistical technique to identify the most representative loading profile from a given set of PG time histories is reviewed. The measured load time history is edited for use in support of the development of Road Test Simulation (RTS) or component bench durability tests. Damage analysis is then performed to quantify the service life durability of a component or system.