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Effects of Steering System Friction and Jacking Force on On-Center Driving Performance in a Commercial Vehicle

2017-01-10
2017-26-0339
In heavy commercial vehicle segment in India, driver comfort and feel was largely ignored. Fierce competition in the recent years and buyer’s market trend is compelling the designers of heavy truck to focus more on the finer aspects of attribute refinements. Steering is one driver-Vehicle interface which the driver is engaged throughout. Comfort and feel in steering wheel is defined by parameters like steering effort, manoeuvrability, on-center feel & response, cornering feel & response, Torque dead band, return-ability etc. and is influenced by a long list of components and systems in the truck. This study focuses on the influences of jacking torque and steering system friction on the on-center driving performance. Experiments to measure the Jacking torque and steering system friction were conducted in the lab and subjective and objective assessments of on-center driving performance were later conducted at test track in two similar 12 Ton truck to correlate their effects.
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An Effective Way To Measure Manual Gearbox Synchroniser Performance

2015-09-29
2015-01-2784
Improved economic growth and infrastructure in India has led to new market trends for commercial vehicles. Customers now expect high levels of comfort from all tactile points in a truck cabin; among them the gearlever knob is frequently used and its reactions greatly influence how a driver perceives gearshift quality (GSQ) and thereby vehicle quality. The importance of the gear shift quality of manual transmissions has increased significantly over the past few years as the refinement of other vehicle systems has increased. In Gearbox, synchroniser is the major component whose performance will affect the peak engagement force to a large extent. Synchroniser mechanism allows gear change to be smooth, noiseless and without vibrations. Since the maximum synchronisation effort vary depending on the rate of the shift actuation, it is difficult to compare synchronisers in different transmissions by force alone.
Technical Paper

Characterizing Steering Feel and Response with Objective Metrics in Commercial Vehicles

2015-09-29
2015-01-2766
Steering wheel being the most used tactile point in a vehicle, its feel and response is an important factor based on which the vehicle quality is judged. Engineering the right feel and response into the system requires knowledge of the objective parameters that relate to the driver perception. Extensive correlation work has been done in the past pertaining to passenger cars, but the driver requirements for commercial vehicles vary significantly. Often it becomes difficult to match the right parameters to the steering feel experienced by the drivers, since most of the standard ISO weave test units used to describe them are of zero or first order parameters. Analyzing the second order parameters gave a better method to reason driver related feel. Also, each subjective attribute was fragmented into sub-attributes to identify the reason for such a rating resulting in the identification of the major subjective parameters affecting driver ratings.
Technical Paper

Development of an Objective Methodology for Assessment of Commercial Vehicle Gearshift Quality

2014-04-01
2014-01-0182
Rapid growth in the Indian economy has led to new market trends for commercial vehicles. Customers now expect high levels of comfort from all tactile points in a truck cabin; the gear lever knob is frequently used and its reactions greatly influence how a driver perceives Gear Shift Quality (GSQ) and thereby vehicle quality. The subjectivity of human perception is difficult to measure objectively; therefore this paper represents an objective methodology to correlate customer feedback of gearshift reactions. For the attribute evaluation of a set of intermediate commercial vehicles; detailed subjective appraisals were conducted by expert level assessors for GSQ sub-attributes, and a consecutive objective measurement was performed to investigate and substantiate these vehicle assessments.
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