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Ride Control: Tires

16.06.2021
THE TYRE IS A COMPONENT WITH A TOROIDAL
SHAPE AND MADE FROM RUBBER, WHICH IS
USED ON THE WHEELS OF A VARIETY OF VEHICLES
AND MACHINERY. IT CONSISTS OF A MAINLY
RUBBER COVERING CONTAINING AIR WHICH
SUPPORTS THE VEHICLE AND ITS LOAD.
TODAY, MOST PASSENGER VEHICLE TYRES, AS
WELL AS THOSE ON LORRIES, ARE RADIALS AND
THEREFORE COMPOSED OF AN ELASTIC TYRE
TREAD, A PRACTICALLY INEXTENSIBLE BELT AND
A RADIALLY ORIENTED ARCH STRUCTURE OVER AN INFLATED MEMBRANE AND SOME BEADS, ALSO INEXTENSIBLE, WHICH ARE COUPLED TO ANOTHER RIGID ELEMENT WHICH IS THE RIM.
THERE IS ANOTHER TYPE OF TYRE KNOWN AS THE DIAGONAL OR BIAS-PLY TYRE, USED MAINLY IN LORRIES.
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Ride Control: Braking

16.06.2021
The braking system is the set of components whose function is to reduce the speed of a moving vehicle or stop
it in a stable, quick and effective way, or to keep it stationary if it has already been stopped.
The braking effect involves converting kinetic energy into heat energy. In vehicles, a fixed surface is applied
(pads or shoes) against another moving surface (disc or drum). The friction between these two surfaces restrains
the rotation of the moving part, and converts the movement’s kinetic energy into heat and dissipates
it into the atmosphere by radiation.
If the heat generated during braking is not dissipated
effectively, the braking devices (fluid and pads/discs or
shoes/drum) suffer thermal stress which reduces their
effectiveness, the braking effect fades and the braking
distance increases.
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Ride Control: Suspension

16.06.2021
THE SUSPENSION SYSTEM FORMS PART OF THE VEHICLE’S ACTIVE SAFETY. IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THE COMFORT OF THE OCCUPANTS BY PREVENTING OSCILLATIONS IN THE GROUND BEING TRANSMITTED TO THE BODY. IT ALSO ENSURES THAT THE WHEELS REMAIN IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND SO DYNAMIC CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE CAN BE MAINTAINED.
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Climate Control

16.06.2021
THE SYSTEMS USED IN A CAR TO RAISE OR LOWER THE TEMPERATURE IN THE PASSENGER CABIN ARE BASED ON HEAT TRANS-MISSION BY MEANS OF HEAT EXCHANGERS, WHICH ARE CROSSED BY FRESH OR RECIRCULATED AIR BEFORE PASSING TO THE PASSENGER CABIN THROUGH ITS DUCTS.
THE REACTION TIME OF A DRIVER DEPENDS ON HIS OR HER COMFORT LEVEL, ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FACTORS IN THIS RESPECT IS BODY TEMPERATURE.
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Steering

16.06.2021
THE STEERING SYSTEM IS MADE UP OF A SET OF MECHANISMS THAT ORIENT THE FRONT WHEELS BY THE TURNING OF THE STEERING WHEEL LOCATED INSIDE THE VEHICLE.
TODAY, STEERING IS ONE OF THE VEHICLE’S ACTIVE SAFETY ELEMENTS. IT AFFECTS THE STABILITY OF MOTION BECAUSE IT IS DESIGNED TO PREVENT ANY ONE WHEEL FROM BEING DRAGGED BY THE OTHERS. THIS IS ACHIEVED THANKS TO THE ALIGNMENT IN COMBINATION WITH THE GEOMETRY OF THE FRONT AND REAR DRIVE TRAINS. THE DIRECT CONSEQUENCES OF STABLE MOVEMENT ARE IMPROVED COMFORT AND SAFETY.
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