Measured Vehicle Center-of-Gravity Locations - Including NHTSA's Data Through 2008 NCAP

Paper #:
  • 2010-01-0086

Published:
  • 2010-04-12
Citation:
Bixel, R., Heydinger, G., and Guenther, D., "Measured Vehicle Center-of-Gravity Locations - Including NHTSA's Data Through 2008 NCAP," SAE Technical Paper 2010-01-0086, 2010, https://doi.org/10.4271/2010-01-0086.
Pages:
35
Abstract:
This paper is a printed listing of public domain vehicle center-of-gravity (CG) location measurements conducted on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This paper is an extension of the 1999 SAE paper titled “Measured Vehicle Inertia Parameters - NHTSA's Data Through November 1998” ( 1 ). The previous paper contained data for 496 vehicles. This paper includes data for 528 additional vehicles tested as part of NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) for year 2001 through year 2008 ( 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 ). The previous data included center-of-gravity location and mass moments-of-inertia for nearly all of the entries. The NCAP involves only the CG location measurements; so the vehicles listed in this paper do not have inertia data. This paper provides a brief discussion of the entries provided in the tabular listings as well as the accuracy of CG height measurements.
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