Browse Publications Technical Papers 2007-32-0095
2007-10-30

Development of Generic Load Cases for Motorcycle Components for Design Optimization 2007-32-0095

A methodology is presented to obtain loads coming on the handle bar of a motorcycle of one model and calculating generic loads from the same for all other motorcycle models. The handle bar of a motorcycle of model M1 was instrumented with strain gages and calibrated for vertical and horizontal loads. The instrumented handle bar was assembled on the vehicle and data was collected on the test rig in laboratory. The vertical and horizontal loads acting on the handle bar, on test rig was obtained based on the calibration performed. The loads thus obtained are for a particular motorcycle model M1 and is dependent on the wheel loads of that motorcycle. These loads were converted into generic load cases, which are applicable for all models of motorcycles. The generalized loads thus generated were used in predicting the fatigue life of handle bar of a different motorcycle model (M2) using FE analysis and MSC fatigue. The fatigue life calculated using FE analysis was observed to match with the actual life of handle bar of motorcycle model M2 tested in laboratory thereby validating the generic load cases that were arrived at.

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