Development of a Dynamic Vibration Absorber to Reduce Frame Beaming 2014-01-2315
This paper describes the development and testing of a Dynamic Vibration Absorber to reduce frame beaming vibration in a highway tractor.
Frame beaming occurs when the first vertical bending mode of the frame is excited by road or wheel-end inputs. It is primarily a problem for driver comfort. Up until now, few options were available to resolve this problem.
The paper will review the phenomenon, design factors affecting a vehicle's sensitivity to frame beaming, and the principles of Dynamic Vibration Absorbers (AKA Tuned Mass Dampers). Finally, the paper will describe simulation and testing that led to the development of an effective vibration absorber as a field fix.