Study of Different Twist-Beam Axle Configurations in Elastokinematics and Handling Behavior of a Vehicle

Paper #:
  • 2016-36-0184

Published:
  • 2016-10-25
DOI:
  • 10.4271/2016-36-0184
Citation:
Morales, E., "Study of Different Twist-Beam Axle Configurations in Elastokinematics and Handling Behavior of a Vehicle," SAE Technical Paper 2016-36-0184, 2016, doi:10.4271/2016-36-0184.
Abstract:
The twist-beam suspension is widely used in vehicles due to the simplicity of its construction, less occupied space and its low manufacturing cost in comparison with multi-link suspension. The difficulties related to the design of a twist-beam axle concern the large number of possible configurations for twist-beam profile and the stiffness adjustment of axle beam and suspension arms. However, design process can be done with the aid of multibody dynamics simulations, by testing several configurations in a virtual way. In this work, a simplified twist-beam suspension model is studied, and the influence of variation of its parameters is analyzed in its elastokinematics behavior and in handling performance of a vehicle.
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