unsprung weight, Steering Knuckle
The weight of the vehicle is going on increasing due to additional luxurious and safety features. The increasing weight of the vehicle affects the fuel efficiency and overall performance of the vehicle. Therefore the weight reduction of the vehicle is the real need of today’s automotive industry. Steering knuckle is one of critical component of vehicle. It links suspension, steering system, wheel hub and brake to the chassis. There is scope to reduce the un sprung weight vehicle. Steering Knuckle is a non-standard part and subjected to various loads at different conditions. Weight reduction of steering knuckle is the objective of this exercise for optimization. Typically, the finite element software like OptiStruct (Hyper Works) is utilized to achieve this purpose. For optimization, Nastran/Ansys/Abaqus could also be utilized. The targeted weight or mass reduction for this exercise is about 5% without compromising on the structural strength.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 2, Issue 7

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