Download Full Article: Stronger with Less
Summary: The road conditions that freight vehicles must endure can often be extreme, and the battle with increased payloads, longer articulations and road vibrations is never ending. Creating long-lasting mechanical components and structures on freight vehicles is essential to keeping heavy vehicle fleet operations efficient and in business. However, dealing with heavy loads and roads
vibrations is not a simple task. Good engineering design is needed to produce gradual changes in strength, avoid point loads and apply suitable factors of safety. Conservative designs that provide too much metal can sometimes also weaken the chassis!