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Vehicle brake testing system

United States Patent

November 19, 2002
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This invention relates to a force measuring system capable of measuring forces associated with vehicle braking and of evaluating braking performance. The disclosure concerns an invention which comprises a first row of linearly aligned plates, a force bearing surface extending beneath and beside the plates, vertically oriented links and horizontally oriented links connecting each plate to a force bearing surface, a force measuring device in each link, a transducer coupled to each force measuring device, and a computing device coupled to receive an output signal from the transducer indicative of measured force in each force measuring device. The present invention may be used for testing vehicle brake systems.
Stevens; Samuel S. (Harriman, TN), Hodgson; Jeffrey W. (Lenoir City, TN)
The University of Tennessee Research Corporation (Knoxville, TN), UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
09/ 711,653
November 13, 2000
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.