This research was undertaken to develop comfort (ride-quality) models for six specific vehicles and to refine an existing composite ride-quality model. The vehicles were an automated guideway transit vehicle, a short-haul intercity rail vehicle, an urban rapid rail vehicle, a luxury-type charter bus, a compact car, and a subcompact automobile. Experiments on most vehicles were conducted in two phases: model development and model validation. In both phases, physical variables were measured for a series of ride segments, and each segment was rated for comfort level by a group of paid subjects. The important determinants of comfort for most vehicles were roll, pitch, and vertical acceleration. These variables are highly intercorrelated; all load on the same principal component of the motion-correlation matrix. Two composite ride-quality models are presented; one has four variables (roll, pitch, and vertical and longitudinal acceleration) and one has two variables (vertical acceleration and roll). The two-variable comfort model is sufficient for most uses. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 39-45
  • Monograph Title: Maintenance Management Systems and Transportation Ride Quality
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  • Accession Number: 00334185
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309031184
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1982 12:00AM