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Development of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) Based Tool for Vehicle Dynamics Evaluation

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd-Saravanan Muthiah
Mahindra & Mahindra, Ltd.-Divyanshu Joshi
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2397
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Title Development of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) Based Tool for Vehicle Dynamics Evaluation Authors Mr. Shubham Kedia, Dr. Divyanshu Joshi, Dr. Muthiah Saravanan Mahindra Research Valley, Mahindra & Mahindra, Chennai Objective Objective metrics for evaluation of major vehicle dynamics performance attributes i.e. ride, handling and steering are required to compare, validate and optimize dynamic behavior of vehicles. Some of these objective metrics are recommended and defined by ISO and SAE, which involve data processing, statistical analysis and complex mathematical operations on acquired data, through simulations or experimental testing. Due to the complexity of operations and volume of data, evaluation is often time consuming and tedious. Process automation using existing tools such as MS Excel, nCode, Siemens LMS, etc. includes several limitations and challenges, which make it cumbersome to implement. In the current work, a GUI based post-processing tool is developed for automated evaluation of ride, handling and steering performance. Methodology This work is about development of a centralized platform for quantification, visualization and comparison of ride, handling and steering performance metrics from testing and…
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A Study on the Repeatability of Vehicle Ride Performance Measurements

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd-Saravanan Muthiah
Mahindra Research Valley-Divyanshu Joshi, Shubham Kedia
Published 2019-01-09 by SAE International in United States
Across the automotive industries, objective measurements and subjective assessment of vehicle ride performance are routinely carried out during development as well as validation phase. Objective measurements are receiving increased attention as they are generally believed to offer a higher degree of objectivity and repeatability compared to the subjective assessment alone. Typical industry practices include the acquisition of vehicle-occupant vibrational response on specified road sections, test surfaces on proving grounds or in a controlled input environment such as four-poster test rig. In presented work, a study is performed on the repeatability of vehicle ride performance metrics such as weighted RMS acceleration and frequency responses using the data acquired in repeated trials conducted using three different sports utility vehicles (SUVs) on a sufficiently long designated road section. Intra-vehicle and inter-vehicle ride performances are compared and studied against the mentioned metrics. Results indicate a significant variability of results in repeated trials, which in few cases is found to exceed the variation across the vehicles. These variabilities can be arguably attributed to several inevitable practical constraints such as vehicle…
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A Study on the Effect of Steering Input Frequency on Transient Lateral Dynamics of Four-Wheeled Passenger Vehicles

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd-Saravanan Muthiah
Mahindra Research Valley-Divyanshu Joshi, Shubham Kedia
Published 2019-01-09 by SAE International in United States
Vehicle lateral dynamic response parameters such as yaw velocity, lateral acceleration, roll angle, etc. depend on the nature of steering input. Response parameters vary with the amplitude and frequency of steering input. This paper deals with developing insights into the effect of steering input frequency on transient handling dynamics. For the purpose two SUV segment vehicles with similar curb weight are considered. Vehicles are given pulse inputs of the amplitudes corresponding to 4 m/s2 steady state lateral acceleration and target speeds of 80 kmph and 100 kmph, as recommended in ISO 7401:2011. Steering inputs are executed using a Steering Robot (ABD SR30). Lateral transient dynamic response gains as well as natural frequencies of yaw are studied for 0-2 Hz input frequencies. Several insights are developed, adding to the understanding of transient lateral dynamics and its relationship with steering input.
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