Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.

Abstract

This MQP focuses on understanding the mechanics of the chassis of an ambulance in order to design a new chassis that can sustain the weight of a typical ambulance and also be able to suppress the surface road vibrations. We investigate all alternative suspension designs to implement and analyze the most accommodating design. Furthermore, we chose hydropneumatic suspension as the best alternative to current suspension systems in ambulances. We designed a bolt-on kit for aftermarket installation of hydropneumatic suspension into current ambulances using our 2004 Ford F-350 ambulance as a template. Our proposed chassis provides better ambulance ride quality compared to existing ambulance vehicles.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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