Design of Cabin Suspension Characteristics of Heavy Commercial Vehicle 2008-01-0265
In the commercial vehicle business, Tractor-trailer combination vehicles are mostly used for carrying heavy loads for longer distances. To improve operating economy of the vehicle by reducing turn around time, it becomes a necessity to have a better driving comfort level for the vehicles.
In a Tractor-trailer combination vehicle, due to point load acting on the tractor, pitching effect on the cab is very dominant. To overcome this pitching effect, a fully suspended cabin (suspended at four points) has been designed in order to have better ride comfort as compared to the fixed cabin.
This paper discusses some of the measures taken to reduce the overall cabin pitching effect on Tractor -trailer combination vehicles.