Lord MR suspension to be tested on U.S. Army LMTV

  • 28-Feb-2010 02:15 EST
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The purpose of the 12-month suspension-upgrade contract is to install and test the Lord MR damping system as well as to fully optimize the system control algorithms, while determining optimal leaf spring and torsion-bar configurations.

Lord Corp. has teamed with World Technical Services Inc. (WTSI) for the integration, test, and evaluation of a suspension upgrade including its Magneto-Rheological (MR) semi-active damping system for a U.S. Army M1078 Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV). The purpose of the 12-month suspension-upgrade contract—which is part of a larger effort by the prime contractor, WTSI, to improve mobility performance of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV)—is to install and test the MR damping system as well as to fully optimize the system control algorithms, while determining optimal leaf spring and torsion-bar configurations. On- and off-road as well as durability testing, including half-rounds, various profiled Root Means Square (RMS) courses, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) lane-change maneuvers, will be conducted by third parties. Lord is the technical lead on the MR suspension project, with responsibility to perform modeling and simulation analyses, hardware build, design integration, installation, testing oversight, and maintenance support during vehicle testing. Suspension optimization support will be provided by MillenWorks. Lord is one of several suppliers of suspension enhancements being evaluated in this effort.

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