Modern Front Axle Systems for Low Floor Buses and Coaches

Paper #:
  • 982776

Published:
  • 1998-11-16
Citation:
Wimmer, H., "Modern Front Axle Systems for Low Floor Buses and Coaches," SAE Technical Paper 982776, 1998, https://doi.org/10.4271/982776.
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Pages:
11
Abstract:
In the last 15 years bus front axle suspensions have seen important developments and improvements: Public transit authorities, particularly in America, have requested buses offering easy access for mobility-impaired people. To meet this requirement a new front axle technology was demanded, offering a wide space between the wheel arches as well as the well known low floor concept.Regarding front axle systems for coaches, significant improvements have been introduced in Europe and are now making their way into modern North American coach-concepts. The traditional rigid beam front axle will eventually be replaced by independent front axle suspensions, which offer best ride quality and driving behavior of the bus for passengers and drivers.The ZF-group, as one of the world leaders in modern axle system technology for all sorts of vehicles, has provided axle systems for transit buses and coaches for more than 15 years. ZF can offer a wide spectrum of front axle systems for low floor buses and coaches which provide various benefits to the bus manufacturers as well as to the customer, driver and passenger. With this paper we would like to present a variety of axle system solutions for the bus industry and their features:
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