Using 3D Multi-Body Simulation to Evaluate Future Truck Technologies 2005-01-0934
This document presents the results of computer-based, vehicle dynamics performance assessments of Future Truck concepts with such features as a variable height, hydraulic, trailing arm suspension, skid steering, and in-hub electric drive motors. Fully three-dimensional Future Truck models were created using a commercially available modeling and simulation methodology and limited validation studies were performed by comparing model predictions with baseline, validated model predictions from another vehicle in the same size and class as the Future Truck concept vehicles. The models were considered accurate enough to predict various aspects of ride quality and stability performance, critical to US Army Objective Force mission needs. One-to-one comparisons of the Future Truck concepts and a standard, solid-axle, Heavy Tactical Vehicle (HTV) operating in various terrain and obstacle negotiation conditions were performed.