1991-02-01

A Simplified Method for the Measurement of Composite Suspension Parameters 910232

The need to measure vehicle parameters required for vehicle dynamics simulations has been a difficult and time-consuming task since the first simulations were developed over 35 years ago. The wide variety of simulations developed have demanded as wide a variety of vehicle parameters. Due in part to this diversity, no standard set of measurement techniques has been developed.
A laboratory facility to measure the vehicle parameters for a 13-degree-of-freedom, lumped parameter, nonlinear vehicle dynamics simulation (VDANL) was needed. Parameters for a large number of vehicles were required. Therefore, only a few days could be devoted to measuring the parameters for each vehicle.
The Composite Parameter Measurement Device (CPMD) was designed and built to meet these goals. The hardware, data acquisition system and analysis software are presented. The roll test, steer test, and aligning stiffness test, used during the initial testing are discussed. Future tests under development are also presented.

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