Designing Variable Ackerman Steering Geometry for Formula Student Race Car

Puneet Gautam, Shubham Sahai, Sachin Sunil Kelkar, Prajwal Sanjay Agrawal, Mallikarjuna Reddy D
Volume 8: Issue 1, March 2021, pp 1-11


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Prajwal Sanjay Agrawal 

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School of Mechanical Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, 632014, Tamil Nadu, India.
agrawalprajwal007@gmail.com

Puneet Gautam, Shubham Sahai, Sachin Sunil Kelkar, Mallikarjuna Reddy D

School of Mechanical Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, 632014, Tamil Nadu, India.


Technical Article -- Peer Reviewed
Published online – 13 Feb 2021

Open Access article under Creative Commons License

Cite this article – Puneet Gautam, Prajwal Sanjay Agrawal, Shubham Sahai, Sachin Sunil Kelkar, Mallikarjuna Reddy D, “Designing Variable Ackerman Steering Geometry for Formula Student Race Car”, International Journal of Analytical, Experimental and Finite Element Analysis, RAME Publishers, vol. 8, issue 1, pp. 1-11, March 2020.
https://doi.org/10.26706/ijaefea.1.8.20210101


Abstract:-
This paper describes the different types of steering mechanisms and benchmarks a method for the selection of a steering system. It also explains the step-by-step method of designing a variable Ackerman steering geometry. The research uses the knowledge of Ackerman and trapezoidal systems, turning radius estimation, steering effort calculation, and the RMS error tool to design and justify the policies selected. The result comprises a detailed flow for designing a variable Ackerman steering geometry along with a set of Matlab codes that are required for the calculation of turning radius, space, angles on inner and outer wheels, and many other parameters. This paper offers essential knowledge for those who are new to the field and an overview for those interested in steering design.
Index Terms:-
Ackerman Steering, Steering geometry, Design, Formula student, RMS error.
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