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This article shows how a combination of new approaches enables more rapid validation of vehicle durability. Spindle-coupled laboratory simulators have largely replaced durability-testing vehicles on the proving ground, and reduce the total vehicle development process by up to two months. The market leader is the MTS 329 series spindle-coupled road-load simulator, with over 250 units installed. The units are used in pairs to test front or rear suspensions, and in sets of four for full vehicle durability evaluation. The MTS 329 is used in some form in the development of almost every passenger car or light lorry worldwide. However, competition in car manufacturing is driving the need for faster vehicle development programmes and thus for more time- and cost-effective test methods. MTS has responded to this challenge with three new products to further reduce the time to perform durability validation of vehicle bodies and chassis, when used in combination. The recent development of improved wheel force transducers allows spindle forces to be measured directly in the laboratory and on the road. This has led to the development of two sizes of 329 6DOF simulators. The RPC Pro test development software has also been improved radically, thus enabling further important development time savings.

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    UK and International Press

    Abinger House, Church Street
    Dorking, Surrey  United Kingdom  RH4 1DF
  • Authors:
    • FRANK, T
    • SHARP, M
  • Publication Date: 2000-5

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00795162
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2000 12:00AM