Title: Development of a ride comfort evaluation method with a laboratory testing system

Authors: Ken-Yuan Lin; Jiun-Ren Hwang; Jung-Ming Chang; Ji-Liang Doong

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taoyuan County 32001, Taiwan; Department of Component Quality, Automotive Research and Testing Center, No. 6, Lugong S., 7th Rd., Lugang, Changhua County 50544, Taiwan. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taoyuan County 32001, Taiwan. ' Department of Component Quality, Automotive Research and Testing Center, No. 6, Lugong S. 7th Rd., Lugang, Changhua County 50544, Taiwan. ' Department of Industrial Design, Tatung University, No. 40, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd., Taipei City 104, Taiwan

Abstract: The ride comfort qualities of different Sport-Utility Vehicles (SUVs) were determined using road load simulation in the laboratory via road and bench tests. The point vibration total value and Overall Vibration Total Value (OVTV) based on the ISO 2631 standard and the Seat-Effective Amplitude Transmissibility (SEAT) value were evaluated. The linear correction factor was derived as OVTVcorrected bench = 0.9335 × OVTVbench, and the correlation coefficient was 0.9908. Furthermore, the mean error of the OVTV for the road and bench tests ranged from 9.75% (original) to 0.2% (after correction). Finally, the procedures for ride comfort evaluation using a laboratory test system (four-poster) are described.

Keywords: ride comfort; road load simulation; four-poster test; sport utility vehicles; SUVs; vehicle vibration; seat effective amplitude transmissibility; vehicle design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2011.044719

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 2011 Vol.57 No.2/3, pp.162 - 177

Available online: 05 Jan 2012 *

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