RESEARCH PAPERS: Vehicular Vibrations

Optimal Design of an Off-Road Motorcycle Suspension

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M. van Vliet, S. Sankar

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1M8

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 106(2), 298-304 (Apr 01, 1984) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3269185 History: Received June 20, 1983; Online November 23, 2009


In this paper an optimal design is proposed which can be used by the suspension designer to maximize the performance of a given motorcycle suspension. The subject matter is developed by presenting an analytical model of the suspension. A digital simulation is performed in both the frequency and time domains. A set of performance criteria is established based on the results obtained in both the time and frequency domains. Objective functions are formulated based on the performance criteria and the range of input values. A numerical optimization technique is used to calculate the optimal parameters. The results are plotted and presented in tables. The optimized results are verified by experiment and conclusions are drawn.

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