Impact of damper failure on vehicle handling during critical driving situations

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2009

Thesis Language: English

Student: Mustafa Durukan Bedük



Capturing what is going on and what may happen related to vehicle handling behaviour in cases of desired or non-desired actions and interventions has a crucial importance. Strategies implemented to improve vehicle stability or algorithms and control modules designed to compensate the non-desired effects on handling behavior may appear to be inadequate as the vehicle goes through uncountable experiences. The importance of understanding and introducing the possible sources of undesired effects which may be encountered throughout driving action cannot be underemphasized. One of the possibilities that may lead the driver face with unexpected results concerning vehicle’s handling is suspension damper failure, which has not yet been dealt with adequately in the literature. The fast developing technology and consequently the expanding utilization of chassis electronics and electronic vehicle components make the investigation of damper failure phenomenon essential since reliability decreases by the continuously increasing introduction of electronic means. In this study, possible failure types of dampers including electrical failure are taken into account, their effects on vehicle stability under critical driving conditions are examined. Shortcomings and comments are made on criticality of failed damper and its failure point. This work as a result, constitutes a particular contribution to the literature in that it brings up a concrete knowledge to the stated research area.