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The aim of this work, consisting of 9 individual, self-contained booklets, is to describe commercial vehicle technology in a way that is clear, concise and illustrative. Compact and easy to understand, it provides an overview of the technology that goes into modern commercial vehicles.

Starting from the customer's fundamental requirements, the characteristics and systems that define the design of the vehicles are presented knowledgeably in a series of articles, each of which can be read and studied on their own.

This volume, Chassis and Axles, explains the support structure of the vehicle, the chassis, and its attachments. The suspension and the steering are explained as well as the axles and tires. The reader thus gains a basic understanding of the rolling understructure of the commercial vehicle.

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Chassis/Frames

Abstract
The chassis is the basic structure of the vehicle. In a narrower sense, the chassis is only the support structure of the vehicle. In vehicle technology, though, what is often meant by the chassis is actually the frame (i.e. the support structure) complete with the suspension, steering and attachments that are directly fastened to the frame.
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

Chapter 2. Suspension

Abstract
For the cargo, the suspension consists of the tires and the suspension of the axles. For the driver, the overall suspension has additional spring elements consisting of the cab mounting and the suspended seat, which drivers really appreciate. Two different basic principles of axle suspension are employed: leaf spring suspension and air suspension.
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

Chapter 3. Steering

Abstract
The task of the steering system is to enable the driver to change direction as he requires. The steering system of choice for demanding vehicles that are used on the roads is the double-pivot steering system.
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

Chapter 4. Other Attachments

Abstract
As already mentioned in subsect. 1.2, many other components are fastened to the frame along with the large assemblies, such as the cab, body, axles and drivetrain (that get their own booklets in this series).
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

Chapter 5. Axles

Abstract
The axle performs numerous fundamental functions in the vehicle. The typical functions of axles are: Support, spring, suspension, rolling, braking, steering and driving.
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

Chapter 6. Tires

Abstract
According to Michael Schumacher, in Formula 1 motor racing the tire is the component that most frequently decides whether a race will be won or lost. In the commercial vehicle business, although it is not a matter of winning or losing, the tire is pretty important for the performance of the vehicle.
Michael Hilgers, Wilfried Achenbach

Backmatter

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