Automotive companies and certain official & regulatory bodies may need to test vehicles on varied grounds. This could be related to safety, or even determining causes of a collision. Often forensic engineers need to test suspension in order to make suspension parameter measurement, so that they are able to do proper analysis of any road accident or failure investigation.
Suspension parameter measurement will help to recreate road behavior condition during the investigation and failure analysis. There are machines available, which can provide accurate suspension to create condition for steering measurements under real-world situations.
This kind of technology can also provide value during any developmental work related with vehicle and also accident investigation.
Measurement of motion ratio is however quite simple, but you need to be little careful as this can be the most important measurement, as it will be used on the calculations several times. You need to take measurements on all sides and then take average of the results.
How suspension parameters are measured?
There are many different methods employed by forensic engineers of SEA, in order to test suspensions, based on the real-world situations that many clients will have to simulate.
Engineers use one standard suspension method of testing by holding the vehicle steady, and under this condition, pressure will be applied on the suspension.
Another method can be to use any latest equipment controls, which can produce precise force for making accurate measurements.
Besides testing the suspension, such equipment is also able to test steering systems in order to get complete understanding about the functioning of the vehicle.
Testing steering systems
Similar to above suspension tests, steering system tests also work in the vehicle, which is mounted, so that force and responses are measured accurately.
Most of the proprietary testing equipment available is capable to handle either of static and dynamic testing for studying steering capabilities of vehicle in number of different conditions.
Precisely controlled external forces will be applied to steering system in order to see how it will respond, and all the results will be measured.
It is also possible to record various effects of different internal inputs to steering system of the vehicle, in order to understand how much useful, it can be at maneuvering of the vehicle.
SEA is considered as a leader in this field of suspension parameter measurement. Their facilities will be able to accommodate all different types of vehicles.
The Vehicle Suspension Measurement Facility of the SEA was delivered initially for the purpose of one major tire manufacturer during the year of 1990.
During that time, it was their first facility developed, that was only of its kind. Ever since they are making many improvements and also making many additions too.