How to Calculate forces coming on Knuckle

Steering knuckle is the most stress sustaining and critical component of All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Steering knuckle is the pivot point of the steering and suspension system, which allows the front wheels to turn and also allow the movement of suspension arms motion. The light weight and high strength component is always in demanding for […]

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Ackerman percentage, IBJ and OBJ center distance – Steering Explained

Question asked –  We are intended to use nano steering. We were having problems regarding Ackerman percentage, IBJ and OBJ center distance. Kindly explain obj- outer ball joint ibj – inner ball joint. steering has two ball joints……and in most of the Baja vehicle are used centralized steering so its ibj and obj for both […]

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What is ackerman angle?

It is used in the concept of ackerman steering. While going around a corner all the tires turn along the circle with a common center point(as shown in figure). The intention of Ackerman geometry is to avoid the need for tyres to slip sideways when following the path around a curve. The angles b and […]

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Calculations for the Anti Ackermann Steering Mechanism

let me qualitative describe anti-Ackermann steering. In order to do this I will start with a description of Ackerman steering which forms the basis for Anti-Ackermann steering. In 1818, Rudolf Ackerman  patented a design of Georg Lankensperger that provided a steering system for carriages that eliminated the angle scrub and subsequent wear of the wheels […]

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Steering Wheel for BAJA SAE

If you are looking for Steering wheel that fits into your BAJA Buggy. It is best advisable to make your own. Try making it from Balsa Wood or Carbon Fibre, these are significantly lighter too. There are many different ways of making it, but if this is going to be your first experience with composites, […]

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Design Processes & Analytical Explanations of Baja.Student.India

STEERING The function of the steering system is to steer the front wheels in response to driver command inputs in order to provide overall directional control of the vehicle. Rack with centrally placed pinion manufactured with sand parts is chosen with following specifications- Rack length = 279.4mm, Weight = 1.02Kg, Rack travel = 257.15mm (centre […]

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HEIM JOINT VS BALL JOINT

HEIM JOINT VS BALL JOINT

Since our main focus is towards their use in an ATV, this article deals with the pros and cons of both the joints in an ATV. For those who have no idea about these two joints, the pictures below shall feed their brains.             Ball joints are strong up and […]

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Tire size characteristics

When suspension limits the width of the tire, for any iteration we have to change wheel diameter. So some points to be remebered while deciding wheel size. Bigger wheel increases resistance to bending, hence leads to increse in reliability. Bigger wheels lead to higher steering effort and decrease in cornering performance which suffers ride quality. […]

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