Optimization of a Suspension Geometry of a Solar Car

Singh, Kunwardeep Khanna and Umananda, K V (2014) Optimization of a Suspension Geometry of a Solar Car. In: International Conference on Computational Methods in Engineering & Health Sciences, 17-19 December, 2014, Manipal.

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The prominent goal of a suspension system is set by its need, the type of car being made. We are building a passenger solar car, so, the comfort of the passengers is of prime importance and since, we are also racing the car, little fine tuning to performance would be perfect. The suspension setup must also ensure that the car is always in contact with the road for good handling and safety of the driver and passengers. ‘WinGeo3’ software was used in designing the suspension geometry. A total of more than 60 or 70 iterations have to be made to achieve the desired geometry. The use of push rod type suspension is made, this eliminates the higher inclination and thus the lower efficiency of the spring. Also, the bell crank allows for various motion ratios thus various wheel rates can be achieved from one spring itself .The car would have an unequal, non-parallel double wishbone suspension setup.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: bell crank, push rod suspensions, wishbones
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Aeronautical and Automobile
Engineering > MIT Manipal > Mechanical and Manufacturing
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 13:50
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 13:54
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/145882

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