The Design of a Truck for Better Ride and Handling 600046
A PRIMARY REQUIREMENT of today's trucks is that they carry loads quickly, dependably, and profitably. Until recently, a high load Capacity and a reasonably comfortable ride were incompatible — load requirements called for suspensions adversely affecting driver comfort. This paper describes one manufacturer's approach to the problem.
The author has divided his paper into several sections. The first is a general discussion on the nebulous concept of comfort. He then describes the broad engineering approach required to attain increased comfort for personnel and cargo. The third section contains a detailed description of the specific Chevrolet approach to obtain the goals of increased comfort. The final two sections deal with testing and the special instrumentation used to evaluate the new truck models.*