Stability issues in racing motorcycles: an in-depth analysis of the chatter vibration

Schramm, Alexander (2023) Stability issues in racing motorcycles: an in-depth analysis of the chatter vibration, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Automotive per una mobilità intelligente, 35 Ciclo. DOI 10.48676/unibo/amsdottorato/10758.
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Racing motorcycles are prone to an unstable oscillatory motion of the swingarm and rear wheel, commonly known as ‘chatter’. This vibration mode typically has a frequency of 17 Hz to 22 Hz and typically occurs during heavy braking manoeuvres. The appearance of chatter can cause reduced rider confidence, and therefore lead to longer lap times during races and the increased risk of crashing. This thesis looks to further the understanding of this mode. It includes the development of a simplified model to explore the effects roll angle and lateral dynamics have on the chatter mode using linear analysis. The mechanisms of instability and parameter sensitivities are also examined. The effects of the nonlinearities present in the minimal model equations of motion are examined, including the identification of limit cycles and their stability, inspecting individual nonlinear terms and their effects, and introducing tyre relaxation and determining the effect it has on the dynamics. Finally, an exploratory study of the mid-corner region of a typical racing manoeuvre is performed in hopes to better understand if any high frequency tyre induced instabilities like chatter can occur.

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Schramm, Alexander
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motorcycle, dynamics, chatter, vibration, nonlinear, modelling,
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26 Giugno 2023

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