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Testing of fibre composite leaf spring for heavy axle loads

Cherruault , J.-Y., Hou, J., Jeronimidis, G., Mayer, R. and Chvojan , J. (2011) Testing of fibre composite leaf spring for heavy axle loads. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 24 (1). pp. 111-132. ISSN 1530-7980

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1177/0892705709096552

Abstract/Summary

This paper presents the results of quasi-static and dynamic testing of glass fiber-reinforced polyester leaf suspension for rail freight vehicles named Euroleaf. The principal elements of the suspension's design and manufacturing process are initially summarized. Comparison between quasi-static tests and finite element predictions are then presented. The Euroleaf suspension have been mounted on a tipper wagon and tested dynamically at tare and full load on a purpose-built shaker rig. A shaker rig dynamic testing methodology has been pioneered for rail vehicles, which follows closely road vehicle suspension dynamic testing methodology. The use and evaluation of this methodology have demonstrated that the Euroleaf suspension is dynamically much softer than steel suspensions even though it is statically much stiffer. As a consequence, the suspension dynamic loading at laden loading conditions is reduced compared to the most advanced steel leaf suspension over shaker rig track tests.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Construction Management and Engineering > Innovative and Sustainable Technologies
ID Code:26942
Uncontrolled Keywords:Glass reinforced plastics; double leaf spring; finite element analysis; static testing; dynamic testing; shaker rig
Publisher:Sage

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