1997-02-24

Design and Operation of a New Vehicle Suspension Kinematics and Compliance Facility 970096

A Kinematics and Compliance (K&C) facility is a test rig which undertakes quasi-static testing of vehicles to measure the K&C characteristics of the suspension and steering systems.
This paper describes a new K&C test facility which is a four wheel station machine designed to accommodate automobiles and light trucks. It is electro-mechanically operated, fully automated and computer controlled, and will complete a full suite of measurements in hours rather than days.
The first installation, at MIRA England, was commissioned in January 1996. Since then it has been in almost continuous use and a variety of vehicles have been tested; typical results are presented.
A second machine is now installed at the facilities of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, USA.

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