Title: Vehicle ride enhancement using simulation assisted rubber mount design

Authors: M. Abdollahi, O.A. Olatunbosun

Addresses: Automotive Engineering Centre, School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15, 2TT, UK. Automotive Engineering Centre, School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15, 2TT, UK

Abstract: The work reported here describes the results of a series of parameter studies to investigate the relative effects of varying each suspension component parameter on vehicle ride comfort. The vehicle sprung mass was identified as having a significant effect on the overall ride index. A methodology is prescribed by which the ride performance of a vehicle with a passive suspension arrangement could be maintained at a predetermined limit irrespective of the vehicle load condition by suitable design of the suspension strut rubber mounts.

Keywords: ride comfort; dynamic modelling; rubber mounts.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2001.001937

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 2001 Vol.26 No.2/3, pp.175-186

Published online: 15 Aug 2003 *

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