Reliability Testing Using the Vehicle Durability Simulator
Technical Report,03 Oct 2016,20 Nov 2017
ABERDEEN TEST CENTER MD ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND United States
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This Test Operations Procedure TOP describes methods for performing reliability testing using the Vehicle Durability Simulator VDS at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center ATC for wheeled vehicles and trailers. The evaluated subsystems for a reliability test on the VDS include structural members, suspension components, armor mounting, and any other chassis mounted subsystems. The VDS does not test reliability of the vehicle powertrain. Testing using the VDS involves mounting the test item on the VDS to excite the system in a controlled manner. Physical responses at various points on the test item are measured with instrumentation such as accelerometers, displacement transducers, inertial measurement units, and wheel force transducers. Actuator drive files for the test item are developed from field data collected with the same, or similar test item. A common set of instrumentation mounted on the vehicle system is used during both field and simulator testing. Test compression techniques are employed to reduce test and simulation time.
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