Title: Fatigue model of a disc valve system used in shock absorbers

Authors: Piotr Czop; Damian Sławik

Addresses: Department of Robotics and Mechatronics, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, 30-059, Poland ' Tenneco Automotive Eastern Europe, Gliwice, 44-100, Poland

Abstract: The aim of the paper is to formulate and validate a fatigue damage model applicable to disc spring valve systems used in automotive and railway hydraulic shock absorbers. The valve consists of a stack of thin disc springs of varying diameters which are designed to provide a controlled annular flow through a valve system. A disc spring stack is subjected to fatigue damage therefore it has to be accurately designed and validated to provide the required fatigue damage performance and minimise failure risk of shock absorber. The fatigue model developed in this work facilitates a virtual valve system pre-selection process to reduce the required testing capacity, i.e., the number of long-term and expensive fatigue tests performed on servo-hydraulic testing machines. The model accuracy was evaluated using the experimental high-cycle fatigue tests which were conducted on the high-frequency servo-hydraulic load frame machine.

Keywords: shock absorber; disc spring; disc valve; fatigue model; fatigue validation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2017.087232

International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems, 2017 Vol.24 No.4, pp.327 - 344

Available online: 08 Sep 2017 *

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