Experiences on computer-aided mechanism analysis in automotive design
Published September 18, 1995 by ISATA - Dusseldorf Trade Fair in United Kingdom
Event: ISATA 1995
Mechanism analysis and design in the automotive industry is a complex task, where rework is commonly needed to accomplish often conflicting requirements of positioning the components in optimal spatial configuration and functional relations to each other.
Computer-aided tools are effective in these tasks, especially when complex spatial kinematics and dynamic relationships occur as is the case of mechanisms for vehicle steering system.
Experiences obtained through a common project between Mercedes Benz Mexico (MBM) and the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM, Monterrey, Mexico) for the design of a new chassis of a suburban bus with a rear motor are shared in this paper.
Computer-aided mechanism analysis was used to design the mechanism for the wheel steering, helping to find optimal solutions for the associated components, while assuring performance of the mechanism in the whole range of positions, maintaining good quality in control of the vehicle even during chassis oscillations.