The Army has many rigid-body dynamic models of various vehicle platforms. The adequacy of these rigid-body models has been questioned. In an effort to gain insight into the significance of flexibility in the development of dynamic vehicle models, operating deflection shape (ODS) techniques were applied to acceleration data gathered from the body of a wheeled military vehicle. The data were analyzed in an effort to determine a specific frequency range over which the assumption of rigidity would be valid. For the particular platform examined in this study, the assumption of rigidity would apply up to approximately 14 Hz. Future efforts include using operational modal analysis (OMA) to further examine the problem.

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