Improving Ride Comfort of a Heavy Truck 2018-01-0135
Ride comfort is simply defined as the vibration performance of the vehicle which is excited by road surface roughness, generally as the vehicle moves at specific constant velocity over the road profile. Ride comfort was an important index for heavy truck, due to long distance transfer and long time driving. In order to improve the ride comfort of a heavy truck, a detailed model, including flex frame, chassis suspension, cab suspension, powertrain, etc., was built and assembled by MSC.ADAMS software. Simulation and testing data were consistent very well, which showed the correctness of the model. The optimization of chassis and cab suspension including the stiffness of the leafspring, the damping of the shock absorber, etc. was carried out to improve the ride comfort of the vehicle. The ride comfort testing was carried out on the proving ground to verify the effectiveness the optimization results. The testing results shows that the ride comfort has been improved after tuning.