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Forklift Dynamics

The forklift’s wheels were represented in detail to implement a sophisticated model of the tire features

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Forklift Dynamics

A client wanted to evaluate the dynamic performance of a new-concept forklift, so a fully-functional multibody model of the forklift was built by assembling the client’s CAD geometries.

The forklift’s wheels were represented in detail to implement a sophisticated model of the tire features, which were calibrated from experimental data.
In addition, the interaction between the fork and a real item of freight was able to be simulated as a result of RecurDyn’s efficient contact features.

This type of highly-detailed model can be used to simulate many different scenarios: for example, a crucial handling test can be performed by simulating the loaded forklift crashing into a standard obstacle.

Various load cases and driving maneuvers can be set up in order to assess the forklift’s static and dynamic stability; in addition, the loads that each part of the forklift can be measured and used as input for structural and fatigue-life verification.

Reaction forces for a forklift passing over a bump with load kept by contacts on the forks

 

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RecurDyn is a superior Multibody Dynamics solution with exceptional contact technology and powerful solver for large scale multibody models with multiple contacts and flexible bodies.

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