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Vehicle Dynamics and Suspension Design

Research into the design of suspension for heavy vehicles by the CVDC

The current work in heavy vehicle suspension design is primarily undertaken under the umbrella of the 'Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium' (CVDC). This is a group of manufacturers from the heavy truck industry which has joined forces with engineers from the Transportation Research Group to develop safer, more productive and more 'road-friendly' heavy vehicles. The group includes companies from various sectors of the industry concerned with vehicle dynamics and suspension design.  These include: tractor units (Volvo Trucks); tyres (Goodyear); axles (Meritor); steel suspension components (Tinsley Bridge); road transport (Denby Transport); Brakes (Haldex); Air springs (Firestone); Steering systems (ArvinMeritor). By having just one member company from each sector, the members can meet and work together in a non-competing, co-operative environment. The Consortium is still seeking further members.

The main focus of the Consortium's research is to develop improved suspensions which maximise truck safety and productivity, minimise road damage and improve driver ride comfort and vehicle body vibration. To do this, the researchers are optimising conventional suspension components and are investigating advanced concept suspensions with computer-controlled 'active' and 'semi-active' elements. The work involves a 'systems approach' using computer modelling, laboratory testing of prototype hardware and field trials of instrumented vehicles.




CVDC tanker with active roll control Semi-active damper
Articulated tanker with Active Roll Control

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The Mechanics of Heavy Duty Trucks and Truck Combinations - A Four Day Professional Development Course: 7-10 July, 2014

Jan 28, 2014

The Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium (CVDC) is pleased to present a four day event focussed on the dynamics of heavy goods vehicles. The event will include the definitive UMTRI course on heavy truck dynamics as well as hardware and software demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

Slip Control Braking Vehicle Tests Completed

Nov 06, 2013

Researchers in the CVDC recently completed the first set of full scale straight-line braking tests on the CVDC's new slip control braking system.

Advanced Braking Technology featured in Transport Engineer

Feb 12, 2013

Advanced Braking Technology: Cover Story of 'Transport Engineer' February 2013

Anthony Best Dynamics Joins the CVDC

Dec 03, 2012

CVDC is pleased to announce Anthony Best Dynamics (ABD) as the newest member of the consortium.

Volvo Donates Tractor Unit to CVDC

Nov 27, 2012

The CVDC was delighted to receive a new FH12 tractor unit from Volvo Trucks during the CVDC meeting in September 2012.

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