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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(12), 1220; https://doi.org/10.3390/app7121220

Design of a Road Simulator for Motorcycle Applications

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Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Group, University of Brescia, Brescia I-25123, Italy
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Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo 05508-010, Brasil
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Received: 16 October 2017 / Revised: 18 November 2017 / Accepted: 23 November 2017 / Published: 25 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Mechanical Engineering)
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Abstract

Four-wheeled vehicles are often tested on indoor, four-poster road simulator rigs. Road loads are simulated with the use of servo-hydraulic systems for suspension set-up optimisation, NVH analysis, and fatigue life cycles. The use of a road simulator is not such a common practice for two-wheeled vehicles despite problems to be faced being extremely similar. The paper presents a device for testing motorcycles on a Servotest® four-poster. A dedicated restraint system had to be devised in order to support the motorcycle without altering its inertial characteristics. Additional pneumatic actuators with a purposely developed instrumentation have been designed to reproduce braking and power thrusts. View Full-Text
Keywords: motorcycles; road simulator; indoor testing; ride testing motorcycles; road simulator; indoor testing; ride testing
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Chindamo, D.; Gadola, M.; Armellin, D.; Marchesin, F. Design of a Road Simulator for Motorcycle Applications. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 1220.

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