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Council Directive 92/7/EEC of 10 February 1992 amending Directive 85/3/EEC on the weights, dimensions and certain technical characteristics of certain road vehicles

OJ L 57, 2.3.1992, p. 29–32 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT)
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Council Directive 92/7/EEC of 10 February 1992 amending Directive 85/3/EEC on the weights, dimensions and certain technical characteristics of certain road vehicles

Official Journal L 057 , 02/03/1992 P. 0029 - 0032
Finnish special edition: Chapter 7 Volume 4 P. 0074
Swedish special edition: Chapter 7 Volume 4 P. 0074


COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 92/7/EEC of 10 February 1992 amending Directive 85/3/EEC on the weights, dimensions and certain technical characteristics of certain road vehicles

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, and in particular Article 75 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament (2),

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee (3),

Whereas, in the light of decisions taken at the adoption of Council Directive 89/338/EEC (4), amending Directive 85/3/EEC, it is necessary to give an objective technical definition to the equivalence between certain non-air suspension systems and air suspension taking into account the effect of driving axle weights on road surfaces;

Whereas further examination of the Commission proposal is necessary with regard to road-friendly suspension systems in relation to the maximum authorized weight of driving axles for motor vehicles covered by this proposal, so as to be able to reach a conclusion within a reasonable period of time;

Whereas it will be necessary to make provision, at a later stage, for common standards for single axles and tandem axles in order to reduce damage to roads as far as possible;

Whereas appropriate test procedures should be defined in order to establish equivalence between certain non-air suspension systems and air suspension;

Whereas Directive 85/3/EEC (5), should be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

Article 1

1. Annex I of Directive 85/3/EEC is hereby amended as follows:

(a)

paragraph 2.2.4.2 shall be replaced by the following:

'2.2.4.2.

is greater than 1,8 m

36 tonnes

+ 2 tonnes margin when the maximum authorized weight (MAW) of the motor vehicle (18 tonnes) and the MAW of the tandem axle of the semi-trailer (20 tonnes) are respected and the driving axle is fitted with twin tyres and air suspension or suspension recognized as being equivalent within the Community as defined in Annex III.';

(b)

paragraph 2.3.2 shall be replaced by the following:

'2.3.2.

Three-axle motor vehicles

- 25 tonnes,

- 26 tonnes where the driving axle is fitted with twin tyres and air suspension or suspension recognized as being equivalent within the Community as defined in Annex III, or where each driving axle is fitted with twin tyres and the maximum weight of each axle does not exceed 9,5 tonnes.';

(c)

paragraph 2.3.3 shall be replaced by the following:

'2.3.3.

Four-axle motor vehicles

with two steering axles

32 tonnes where the driving axle is fitted with twin tyres and air suspension or suspension recognized as being equivalent within the Community as defined in Annex III, or where each driving axle is fitted with twin tyres and the maximum weight of each axle does not exceed 9,5 tonnes.';

(d)

paragraph 3.5.3 shall be replaced by the following:

'3.5.3.

1,3 m or greater but less than 1,8 m

(1,3 9 d < 1,8 m)

- 18 tonnes,

- 19 tonnes where the driving axle is fitted with twin tyres and air suspension or suspension recognized as being equivalent within the Community as defined in Annex III, or where each driving axle is fitted with twin tyres and where the maximum weight for each axle does not exceed 9,5 tonnes.'

2. A new Annex shall be added, as set out in the Annex hereto, and shall become Annex III.

Article 2

1. Member States shall, after consultation with the Commission, bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive before 1 January 1993.

When these provisions are adopted by Member States, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or shall be accompanied by such reference at the time of their official publication. The procedure for making such reference shall be adopted by Member States.

2. Member States shall forthwith communicate to the Commission the provisions of national law which they adopt in the field covered by this Directive.

Article 3

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 10 February 1992.

For the Council

The President

Jorge BRAGA DE MACEDO

(1) OJ No C 292, 22. 11. 1990, p. 12, and

OJ No C 313, 4. 12. 1991, p. 14.(2) OJ No C 183, 15. 7. 1991, p. 65.(3) OJ No C 159, 17. 6. 1991, p. 61.(4) OJ No L 142, 25. 5. 1989, p. 3.(5) OJ No L 2, 3. 1. 1985, p. 14. Directive as last amended by Directive 91/60/EEC (OJ No L 37, 9. 2. 1991, p. 37).

ANNEX

ANNEX III

CONDITIONS RELATING TO EQUIVALENCE BETWEEN CERTAIN NON-AIR SUSPENSION SYSTEMS AND AIR SUSPENSION FOR VEHICLE DRIVING AXLE(S) 1.

DEFINITION OF SUSPENSION

A suspension system is considered to be air suspended if at least 75 % of the spring effect is caused by the air spring.

2.

EQUIVALENCE TO AIR SUSPENSION

A suspension recognized to be equivalent to air suspension must conform to the following:

2.1.

During free transient low frequency vertical oscillation of the sprung mass above a driving axle or bogie, the measured frequency and damping with the suspension carrying its maximum load must fall within the limits defined in paragraphs 2.2 to 2.5.

2.2.

Each axle must be fitted with hydraulic dampers. On tandem axle bogies, the dampers must be positioned to minimize the oscillaton of the bogies.

2.3.

The mean damping ratio D must be more than 20 % of critical damping for the suspension in its normal condition with hydraulic dampers in place and operating.

2.4.

The damping ratio D of the suspension with all hydraulic dampers removed or incapacitated must be not more than 50 % of D.

2.5.

The frequency of the sprung mass above the driving axle or bogie in a free transient vertical oscillation must not be higher than 2,0 Hz.

2.6.

The frequency and damping of the suspension are given in paragraph 3. The test procedures for measuring the frequency and damping are laid down in paragraph 4.

3.

DEFINITION OF FREQUENCY AND DAMPING

In this definition a sprung mass M kg above a driving axle or bogie is considered. The axle or bogie has a total vertical stiffness between the road surface and the sprung mass of K Newtons/metre (N/m) and a total damping coefficient of C Newtons per metre per second (N.s/m). The vertical displacement of the sprung mass is Z. The equation of motion for free oscillation of the sprung mass is:

M

d²Z

dt²

+ C

dZ

dt

+ kZ = 0.

The frequency of oscillation of the sprung mass F rad/sec is:

F =

w

K

M

-

4M²

The damping is critical when C = Co,

where

Co = 2

w

KM

The damping ratio as a fraction of critical is C/Co.

During free transient oscillation of the sprung mass the vertical motion of the mass will follow a damped sinusoidal path (Figure 2). The frequency can be estimated by measuring the time for as many cycles of oscillation as can be observed. The damping can be estimated by measuring the heights of successive peaks of the oscillation in the same direction. If the peak amplitudes of the first and second cycles of the oscillaton are A1 and A2, then the damping ratio D is

D =

C

Co

=

1

2p

.ln

A1

A2

ln being the natural logarithm of the amplitude ratio.

4.

TEST PROCEDURE

To establish by test the damping ratio D, the damping ratio with hydraulic dampers removed, and the frequency F of the suspension, the loaded vehicle should either:

(a) be driven at low speed (5km/hr ± 1 km/hr) over an 80 mm step with the profile shown in Figure 1. The transient oscillation to be analysed for frequency and damping occurs after the wheels on the driving axle have left the step; or

(b) be pulled down by its chassis so that the driving axle load is 1,5 times its maximum static value. The vehicle hold down is suddenly released and the subsequent oscillation analysed; or

(c) be pulled up by its chassis so that the sprung mass is lifted by 80 mm above the driving axle. The vehicle hold up is suddenly dropped and the subsequent oscillation analysed; or

(d) be subjected to other procedures in so far as it has been proved by the manufacturer, to the satisfaction of the technical department, that they are equivalent.

The vehicle should be instrumented with a vertical displacement transducer between driving axle and chassis, directly above the driving axle. From the trace, the time interval between the first and second compression peaks can be measured to obtain the frequency F and the amplitude ratio to obtain the damping. For twin drive bogies, vertical displacement transducers should be fitted between each driving axle and the chassis directly above it.

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