Title: Numerical-experimental analysis of a semi-curtainsider according to the standard EN 12642-XL

Authors: Hugo Malon; Luis Castejon; Alberto Viñuales

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Zaragoza, c/ María de Luna s/n, Edificio Agustín de Betancourt, 50.018 Zaragoza, Spain. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Zaragoza, c/ María de Luna s/n, Edificio Agustín de Betancourt, 50.018 Zaragoza, Spain. ' LECIÑENA S.A., c/ Autovia de Logroño km 12,200, 50.180 Utebo, Zaragoza, Spain

Abstract: Today, countries such as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands require compliance under the standard EN 12642-XL to load and unload trucks, semi-trailers and curtainsiders in their territory. Compliance under these regulations is a problem for manufacturers of semi-trailers and trucks due to the difficulty of modifying their models to the standard requirements. This paper shows the process developed in collaboration with the semi-trailers and semi-curtainsiders LECIÑENA S.A. and the research group 'New Technologies Applied on Vehicles and Road Safety' (VEHIVIAL), in the numerical and experimental analysis of a semi-curtainsiders, which has obtained an optimal model of a semi-curtainsider under the standard EN 12642-XL.

Keywords: EN 1642-XL; finite element method; FEM; vehicle modelling; vehicle testing; load security; vehicle loads; vehicle safety; truck loads; heavy vehicles; semi-trailers; curtainsiders; semi-curtainsiders.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVSMT.2012.048445

International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing, 2012 Vol.7 No.2, pp.159 - 172

Received: 13 May 2011
Accepted: 07 Nov 2011

Published online: 04 Aug 2012 *

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