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Development of a Virtual Road Simulator for Motorcycles

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.13 No.2


Virtual road simulator technology for motorcycles was established as a method to help predict motorcycle fatigue strength due to loading during running. This technology helped enable the prediction of dynamic behaviors and stresses during the road simulator durability test. The technology consists of the Finite Element Method, Multi Body Simulation, Road Simulator control, and fatigue analysis. The study helped enable the reproduction of the behavior of motorcycles using a simplified model of motorcycles and test rigs, including component Finite Element models. As a result, prediction of fatigue life, damage distribution, and stress waveforms of the high-stress regions in a Road Simulator durability test was achieved.


(1) Harashima, S., et al., Development of Multi-use Road Simulator, SAE Paper 931912
(2) Harashima, S., Evaluation Method of Motorcycle Fatigue Strength Using Road Simulator, SAE Paper 951817

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Makoto HASEGAWA(Asaka R&D Center)、Kenji NAKANISHI(Asaka R&D Center)、Shokichi HARASHIMA(Asaka R&D Center)、Hideki YAMAGUCHI(Asaka R&D Center)

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