Vehicle ride and Handling

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An industrial loading vehicle is currently being designed. The vehicle will be used to transport a
large mass from a manufacturing plant to a storage area. As the vehicles’ loading condition will
change noticeably between the loaded and un-loaded conditions the vehicles’ handling
characteristics need to be studied in both conditions. The payload will be attached to the front of
the vehicle and the steering will control the rear wheels.
You are required to analyse the vehicles’ handling characteristics in both the un-loaded and loaded
conditions. You should consider
The vehicles’ steady state path curvature, yaw rate and lateral acceleration gains.
The vehicles’ stability response to perturbations over 4 velocities for each case.
In order to achieve this you will need to develop a suitable linear two degree of freedom dynamic
model of the vehicle.