Title: Laboratory system endurance testing of major car components

Authors: T. Shibata, M. Miyajima, M. Tani, E. Yoneda

Addresses: Vice Manager, Research Department, Passenger Car Engineering Center, Mitsubishi Motor Co. Ltd., Okazaki-shi, Japan. ' Group Manager, Structure Engineering Section, Passenger Car Engineering Center, Mitsubishi Motor Co. Ltd., Okazaki-shi, Japan. ' Senior Engineer, Component Development Section, Passenger Car Engineering Center, Mitsubishi Motor Co. Ltd., Okazaki-shi, Japan. ' Engineer, Transmission Testing Section, Passenger Car Engineering Center, Mitsubishi Motor Co. Ltd., Okazaki-shi, Japan

Abstract: Sophisticated tools were developed to evaluate the durability of car components. The idea is terms laboratory |system| endurance testing, where complex load inputs are applied to an automobile subsystem. The subsystem is defined as the suspension system, body system, steering system, drive train system and rotating system. Result of the laboratory simulation agreed with results from actual vehicle running tests. Among these, suspension system, body system and steering system endurance tests are discussed in detail in this paper. Introduction of the system endurance tests contributes to the reduction of testing cost and development time, and the improvement of testing accuracy and automobile reliability.

Keywords: body system testing; drivetrain testing; endurance testing; laboratory simulation; vehicle behaviour; steering testing; suspension testing; component testing; vehicle components; component durability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1984.061333

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1984 Vol.5 No.3, pp.374 - 388

Published online: 25 May 2014 *

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