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Paper 54

Design and Optimization of a Control Link of a Vehicle Suspension System

C.G. Vossou, D.V. Koulocheris, C.G. Provatidis and Th.N. Costopoulos

School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

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C.G. Vossou, D.V. Koulocheris, C.G. Provatidis, Th.N. Costopoulos, "Design and Optimization of a Control Link of a Vehicle Suspension System", in , (Editors), "Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 54, 2014. doi:10.4203/ccp.105.54
Keywords: control link, CAD, CAE, finite elements, material properties, optimization.

The purpose of a control link in the suspension system of a vehicle is to control the movement of the wheel without supporting the vehicle's weight. In the present paper, a commercial control link has been designed in Solidworks ® CAD software and its performance has been evaluated through static, modal and dynamic analysis in the Ansys Workbench ® CAE software. Additionally, optimization and design analysis tools, available in Ansys software, have been used in order investigate the robustness of the design and the material characteristics of this particular control link. More specifically the influence of its thickness along with different topologies and diameters of the holes that exist on its main body have been investigated in terms of achieving a more robust design. Finally, different material properties have been tested in the initial design in order to investigate the effect of different stiffness moduli to the static and the modal behaviour of the component.

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