Objective testing of handling performance on a dedicated vehicle dynamics area (VDA) typically includes constant radius, frequency response, slalom, single- and double-lane change, swept steer and accel/decel maneuvers. Standard or custom test procedures are run based on customer needs and available facilities. Closed course or race circuit testing is performed with similar instrumentation depending on the vehicle type and required data.
Objective testing of steering performance is typically the most repeatable and used for tire, damper and suspension development or competitive vehicle benchmarking programs. Testing includes low-g sine-steer, swept steer, parking efforts, frequency response and returnability tests. Maneuvers are performed at various predetermined speeds or specific speeds requested by the customer or dictated by the vehicle.
Steering Wheel Angle
Steering Wheel Torque
Laser Ride Height Sensors
(sample, not all-inclusive)
Yaw Rate Gain
Lateral Acceleration Gain
Objective testing of ride comfort requires very well defined road surfaces and test parameters. Customer and/or vehicle specific test conditions are defined jointly based on available public road or proving ground facilities. Sensor sets typically include multiple accelerometers at different locations around the vehicle resulting in both frequency and time domain measurements. Laboratory testing on a 4-poster rig is used to address specific issues or reduce on-road development time.
Seat Track Vertical Acceleration
Seat Track Lateral Acceleration
Seat Track Longitudinal Acceleration
Steering Column Vertical Acceleration
Estimate of Vehicle Pitch Acceleration
Estimate of Vehicle Roll Acceleration
(sample, not all-inclusive)
Acceleration Spectra (weighted or un-weighted)
Band-limited RMS Values (weighted or un-weighted)
Acceleration Time Histories averaged over repeatable events
Objective testing of braking performance includes both customer-level brake pedal feel metrics as well as stopping distance and fade performance metrics. Data is used for both the brake system and tire development processes.
Reducing customer warranty complaints from error states is crucial to high customer satisfaction ratings. Testing to minimize unwanted vehicle, steering wheel and brake-induced vibration, drift/pull and directional instability is some of the most important objective testing a vehicle manufacturer or aftermarket supplier can perform. Cayman experts perform a suite of objective tests to assess your vehicle’s sensitivity to these error states and either make recommendations or implement changes to improve your customer satisfaction.
Success on the NHTSA defined J-turn, Fishhook and FMVSS126 yaw stability procedure is crucial to every affected vehicle. Cayman will execute these procedures on your vehicle to give your company the highest confidence possible of success.
Cayman works with your engineers to develop custom on-road or laboratory test procedures to diagnose vehicle-specific development problems, aid in component design or replicate customer usage issues. Unique sensor sets, public road driving conditions or proving ground maneuvers are used to diagnose on-road issues. Laboratory testing utilizing a kinematic and compliance machine, 4/7-post shaker or Flat-Trac machine diagnoses problems not easily replicated during on-road testing.