A Review of ‘Road-Friendly’ Suspensions

M. J. Pable1, M. M. Gawture, P. Seshu

ABSTRACT: The high cost of maintenance of highways and road networks, because of premature road failure due to heavy traffic have caused global concern. Fluctuating component of tire-road force is the main contributor to road damage along with other environmental factors. This can be reduced by selection of optimal values of suspension parameters. Hence, main objective of this paper is to provide a review of available literature on “road friendly” suspension design. We explore road damage mechanisms, criteria used to characterize the road damage and influence of suspension parameters on road damage. Conclusions of different studies are presented along with scope for further research.

KEYWORDS: Road Damage, Fourth Power Law, Suspension

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