After return from Scotland in 2014 MAN maintenance was due. For more information on the trip see: www.truck-the-world.com
Surprise: Almost total frame breakage at the right cabin bearing and and bent left frame.
Analysis showed that breakage had been caused by extreme frame torsion. Longitudinal roll travel is high under extreme conditions. UNICAT design allows insertion of extreme frame torsion into the frame structure as spring-damping unit. Standard frame structure, however, is unable to disperse forces over the total length of the frame resulting in local overload including bending and breaking.
Simple bearing plates, lack of longitudinal enforcement of the frame structure, and of stiffening girders between right and left cabin bearings lead to breakage under extreme conditions together with fatigue. A typical design and fatigue fault.
Again, the frame was repaired in Düsseldorf. Both frames, right and left, were cut out, welded and reenforced inside and outside.
Swallow tailed steel plates induce torsion over extended frame length. In addition dampers were renewed.
All measures taken were designed and mounted by the owner, manufacturing was made by professional companies. The maker UNICAT was not involved.
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