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Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering
mechanical design; motorcycle dynamics; multibody dynamics; numerical simulation; suspension system; vehicle dynamics
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The development of motorcycles has been around for over a century. Nowadays, it has become one of the most popular means of transportation in the world. It is well known that the telescopic fork is the most widely used front suspension for motorcycles, because the first motorcycle was a bicycle with a small engine attached to the frame. However, there are a number of shortcomings inherent in this design. Therefore, a novel multi-link suspension has been designed for the front assembly of the motorcycle in this research. In order to compare the performance between telescopic fork and multi-link front suspension motorcycles, linear and nonlinear models were built and simulated under a variety of different conditions. Furthermore, an appropriate method of comparison between conventional and multi-link models was developed, and the assessment standard of performance for conventional and multi-link models was explored in this research.
Liu, Changdong, "A Multibody Dynamics Model of a Motorcycle with a Multi-link Front Suspension" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 7376.