Experimental Investigation and Hybrid Failure Analysis of Micro-Composite E-Springs for Vehicle Suspension Systems 2006-01-3515
E-spring is a recent innovation in vehicle suspension springs. Its behavior and characteristics are investigated experimentally and verified numerically. The mechanical and frequency-response-based properties of E-springs are investigated experimentally at both of the structural and constitutional levels. Thermoplastic-based and thermoset-based fibrous composite structures of the E-springs are modified at micro-scale with various additives and consequently they are compared. The experimental results reveal that additives of micrometer-sized particles of mineral clay to an ISO-phthalic polyester resin of the composite E-spring can demonstrate distinguished characteristics. A hybrid approach of the inter-laminar shear stress and Tsai-Wu criteria is implemented in order to identify failure indices numerically at the utmost level of loading and verify the experimental results. The numerical results agreed with the distinguished experimental results promising to shape the next generation of vehicle suspension systems.