Suspension system optimisation to reduce whole body vibration exposure on an articulated dump truck

Kirstein, Johannes Cornelis (2005-12)

Thesis (MScEng (Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering))--University of Stellenbosch, 2005.


In this document the reduced order simulation and optimisation of the passive suspension systems of a locally produced forty ton articulated dump truck is discussed. The linearization of the suspension parameters were validated using two and three dimensional MATLAB models. A 24 degree-of-freedom, three dimensional ADAMS/VIEW model with linear parameters was developed and compared to measured data as well as with simulation results from a more complex 50 degree-of-freedom non-linear ADAMS/CAR model. The ADAMS/VIEW model correlated in some aspects better with the experimental data than an existing higher order ADAMS/CAR model and was used in the suspension system optimisation study. The road profile over which the vehicle was to prove its comfort was generated, from a spatial PSD (Power Spectral Density), to be representative of a typical haul road. The weighted RMS (Root Mean Squared) and VDV (Vibration Dose Value) values are used in the objective function for the optimisation study. The optimisation was performed by four different algorithms and an improvement of 30% in ride comfort for the worst axis was achieved on the haul road. The improvement was realised by softening the struts and tires and hardening the cab mounts. The results were verified by simulating the optimised truck on different road surfaces and comparing the relative improvements with the original truck’s performance.

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