Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract—Amid, the fastest growth of automotive industry and due to constant depletion of earth's energy
resources automotive transportation will become smaller and lighter like three wheeled vehicle,
in the search for better fuel efficiency. Regarding road safety and accident avoidance capabilities,
handling behaviour of road vehicles is very important. Handling characteristics of road vehicle
can be well determined by theoretically as well as experimentally. Practical testing methods are
accurate and easy to reproduce. The various transient response test procedures, like step
steering test, random steering test, sinusoidal steering test, steering sweep test, pulse input
test etc. are popular in automobile industry. In this paper, pulse road test has been performed for
a three-wheeled motor-vehicle due to its wide range of frequency and driver-vehicle system
combination. It doesn't require much skill of a driver, as well as wide proving ground is required
since test vehicle runs almost straight. Data are recorded using LAB View signal express
software and these data are used for evaluating handling parameters for a three-wheeled motorvehicle
using MATLAB® code.
Index Terms—Pulse road test, Handling behaviour, Handling parameters, Three wheeled vehicle
Cite: Sudheer Kumar and V K Goel, "Pulse Road Test for Evaluating Handling Characteristics of a Three-Wheeled Motor Vehicle," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Special Issue, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 95-100, January 2014.
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