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    Dynamics & Testing Workshop: Vehicle Vibration

    Passengers, chassis and loads all vibrate because of vehicle motion –especially if the vehicle is off-road. Engineers must measure, model and predict such vibration so that it may be properly managed. This workshop covers various aspects of testing and modelling from domestic cars to military vehicles. In the morning there will be talks from leading industry experts and a tour of the guns, tanks and vehicles in the military collections. In the afternoon, following lunch, there will be a workshop challenge.


    09.30               Coffee and Registration

                            Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction
                            Hugh Goyder, Cranfield University

                            Vehicle Dynamics - How to Characterize Customer Use and Abuse Over the Life
                            of a Vehicle and Represent this using an Optimized Proving Ground Schedule
                            Andrew Halfpenny, NCODE

                            Structural Non-Linearity in Vehicle Dynamics Simulation using Multibody Systems
                            within FEA
                            Thomas Wissart, Samtech

                            Durability Design Development at Jaguar Land Rover
                            Andrew Blows, Jaguar Land Rover

                            Heavy Vehicle Testing and Model Validation
                            Daniel Brown, AWE

                            Vehicle Ride
                            Dave Purdy, Cranfield University

    13.00               Lunch
                            Tour of Gun Sheds, Tanks and other Military Vehicles

                            Workshop Challenge: Four-Poster Vibration Rig

                             Discussion of Workshop Challenge and Closing Remarks

    16:30               Close

    Workshop Challenge: Four-Poster Vibration Rig

    Participants will be invited to join an interactive exercise with the objective of getting a vehicle across rough ground as quickly as possible. Our Four-Poster test rig exposes a full size vehicle to off-road conditions by using hydraulic rams to input ground vibration. Will your strategy for moving across rough ground damage the passengers, the vehicle or the delicate load? This exciting challenge will be tackled by participants in small teams with guidance from experienced engineers.

    Who Should Attend?

    The workshop will be of interested to all those involved with military or civilian vehicle. Analysts can see how tests are performed and experimentalists can see how vibration is modelled. The presentations and practical experience should be valuable to all concerned with vibration.


    Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
    Cranfield University
    SN6 8LA
    Tel: +44 (0)1793 785615 (Main Reception)
    Map & directions:

    The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom is located near Shrivenham on the A420 between Oxford and Swindon. We will be using the Gun Sheds and Vehicle Hall which contains a range of military tanks, guns and vehicles.


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    Purchasing Details

    Members Price
    £149 | $242 | €192

    Non-Members Price
    £199 | $323 | €257
    Order Ref: DYNWS11
    Event Type: Workshop
    Location: Shrivenham UK
    Date: September 6, 2011

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