Transient Dynamic Analysis of Suspension System for Component Fatigue Life Estimation 2007-01-0638
For suspension systems, fatigue and strength simulations are accomplished mostly at the component level. However, the selection of loading conditions and replication of boundary conditions at the component level may be difficult. A system level simulation eliminates most of the discrepancy between component level and vehicle level environment yielding realistic results. Further advantage of system level simulation is that the boundary conditions are limited to suspension mounting points at body or frame and the loading is limited to wheel-end or tire patch loading. This provides for a robust set of boundary constraints that are known and repeatable, and loads that are simpler and of relatively higher accuracy. Here, the nonlinear transient dynamic behavior of a suspension system along with its frame and mounting was simulated using a multibody finite element analysis (FEA). The ability of the system finite element (FE) model to accurately reproduce static and dynamic loading scenarios is demonstrated. The improvement gained by using flexible bodies in system models as opposed to rigid bodies is also illustrated.