Title: Analysis of steering system elasticities and their impact on on-centre handling

Authors: Kristof Van Ende; Felix Kallmeyer; Christoph Nippold; Roman Henze; Ferit Küçükay

Addresses: Volkswagen AG, Group Research/Vehicle Dynamics, Berliner Ring. 2, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany ' Volkswagen AG, Group Research/Vehicle Dynamics, Berliner Ring. 2, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany ' Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institut für Fahrzeugtechnik, Hans-Sommer-Str. 4, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany ' Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institut für Fahrzeugtechnik, Hans-Sommer-Str. 4, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany ' Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institut für Fahrzeugtechnik, Hans-Sommer-Str. 4, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany

Abstract: This paper deals with the analysis of the elasticities of a steering system regarding the on-centre of the steering system. In the first part, different subsystems of the steering system are analysed in detail. Therefore, several test drives on a steering test rig and a reference vehicle are executed. On the basis of the experimentally determined results, a vehicle and steering system model is built. The parameterised model is used to analyse the characteristics of the steering system in the on-centre handling range. The results show that the elasticities of the steering system have significant influence on the vehicle and steering dynamics response.

Keywords: nonlinear elasticity; steering modelling; steering test rig; on-centre handling; vehicle modelling; vehicle dynamics; steering dynamic response; steering systems.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2016.075775

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 2016 Vol.70 No.3, pp.211 - 233

Available online: 04 Apr 2016 *

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