Title: Wheel rims for industrial vehicles: comparative experimental analyses

Authors: Luigi Solazzi

Addresses: Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Brescia, Via Branze 38, 25123 Brescia, Italy

Abstract: This work presents the results of a series of experimental analyses intended to define two different types of wheel rim for industrial vehicles. The main tests carried out were the following: testing on a rotating bending machine; testing on a rolling machine; in the field, namely a series of experiments on wheel rims placed on a hydraulic dump hoist that was subjected to defined loading conditions. These analyses revealed that the extent and nature of the stress on the wheel rims imposed by the three tests were not particularly correlated. The axial and radial rigidity of the rims meant that certain tests stressed one wheel rim more than another.

Keywords: wheel rims; industrial vehicles; rotating bending machines; full-scale experimental tests; rolling machines; hydraulic dump hoist; stress; axial rigidity; radial rigidity; heavy vehicles.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2011.040503

International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems, 2011 Vol.18 No.2, pp.214 - 225

Published online: 31 May 2011 *

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