The development of a non-linear time invariant rigid body dynamic model and the experimental validation of the suspension system of a horizontal-axis washing machine has been discussed in previous works by the authors. In this paper (Part I), modeling and experimental validation of a different suspension configuration of a test washing machine is assessed. The simulation model predicts the transient and steady-state vertical and horizontal amplitudes within maximum errors of 10% and 14%, respectively. The results are consistent with the results of the previous work. Thus, the simulation software code is verified for a generalized suspension design optimization of horizontal-axis washing machines.
In a companion paper (Part II), various formulations are discussed to select an objective function for parametric suspension design optimization and a parametric grid optimization method is implemented to the test washing machine introduced in this paper.