Modeling customer usage in vehicle applications is critical in performing durability simulations and analysis in early design stages. Currently, customer usage is typically based on road roughness (some measure of accumulated suspension travel), but vehicle damage does not vary linearly with the road roughness. Presently, a method for calculating a pseudo damage measure is developed based on the roughness of the road profile, specifically the International Roughness Index (IRI). The IRI and pseudo damage are combined to create a new measure referred to as the road roughness-insensitive pseudo damage. The road roughness-insensitive pseudo damage measure is tested using a weighted distribution of IRI values corresponding to the principal arterial (highways and freeways) road type from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) dataset. The weighted IRI distribution is determined using the number of unique IRI occurrences in the functional road type dataset and the Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) provided in the FHWA HPMS data.

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