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2014-09-30

Comparison between Durability Tests Performed in Field and in Lab for Powertrain Suspension System 2014-36-0174

Currently the durability test of FIAT vehicles powertrain suspension system is performed in pattern roads that reproduces conditions which the vehicle is submitted by costumer during product life cycle. The test done in these roads is time consuming and expensive.
Experimental Engineers, for quite some time, have endeavored in doing automotive components fatigue tests in the lab. These environments provide more controlled test conditions and enable a less time consuming test. This work analyzes, over one of the three powertrain system attachment points of a passenger vehicle, differences that are found between a test performed in pattern roads and a test performed in a 6DOF road simulator. As conclusion, presents alternatives to perform the test of these components in lab using a 6DOF road simulator.

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