Effects of Passive and Semi-Active Suspensions on Body and Wheel Hop Control 892487

The effect of primary suspensions (shock absorbers) on the body and axle motion of heavy trucks is investigated. A simulation program is used to show how damper tuning of conventional passive dampers and “skyhook” semiactive dampers effect ride, as measured by body acceleration, and axle motion, as measured by tire acceleration and tire deflection. Special attention is made to the coupling and interaction between the body and the axle motion. It is shown that passive and semiactive dampers have a different effect on the axle and body dynamics.


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