Title

CatMobile Steering Spindles

Presenter Information

Landon Newman

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Engineering, Manufacturing, Performance

Abstract

The Electric Vehicle club has a vehicle that is not yet complete: this fall the vehicle included the carbon fiber body, the steel frame, the rear wheel drive system, steering column, and the front tires. There had not yet been a steering system implemented in order to operate the vehicle, along with many other key components to make the vehicle operational. The objective was to at least make the vehicle a rolling chassis by the end of this academic year which would require a steering system of some sort. A lot of engineering occurred to create a steering system that would function well, be safe, light weight, and simple. First, the wheels are mounted on a spindle which allows them to spin with minimal resistance. Then, a device that would have the spindle mounted to it and have a rotational axis was engineered; it is called the bearing pocket. Finally, a part that would make the bearing pocket and spindle rotate had to be created, this part is called the steering arm. The result of these completed components is a steering system that will operate smoothly through a turn, is lightweight, and is a fairly simple design.

Poster Number

3

Faculty Mentor(s)

Pringle, Charles

Additional Mentoring Department

Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

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CatMobile Steering Spindles

SURC Ballroom C/D

The Electric Vehicle club has a vehicle that is not yet complete: this fall the vehicle included the carbon fiber body, the steel frame, the rear wheel drive system, steering column, and the front tires. There had not yet been a steering system implemented in order to operate the vehicle, along with many other key components to make the vehicle operational. The objective was to at least make the vehicle a rolling chassis by the end of this academic year which would require a steering system of some sort. A lot of engineering occurred to create a steering system that would function well, be safe, light weight, and simple. First, the wheels are mounted on a spindle which allows them to spin with minimal resistance. Then, a device that would have the spindle mounted to it and have a rotational axis was engineered; it is called the bearing pocket. Finally, a part that would make the bearing pocket and spindle rotate had to be created, this part is called the steering arm. The result of these completed components is a steering system that will operate smoothly through a turn, is lightweight, and is a fairly simple design.