Forced Based Suspension Analysis

Traditional Graphical Suspension Geometry solutions incorporate a number of simplifying assumptions that limit the usefulness of their results.

  • Loads carried by additional links such as the steering tie rod are neglected.
  • Asymmetric Lateral Loads applied at the tires, which are significant in racing applications can not be evaluated.
  • Solutions are often compressed to 2D over simplifying the load paths.

A Force Based Kinematic Solution evaluates how the tire loads are reacted through the suspension linkage and applied to the chassis. Left and Right Suspensions can be evaluated individually allowing for asymmetric load application. Loads reacted by individual links including steering links are included. More complex 5 bar linkages can be modeled. Unbalanced vertical "Jacking" forces are captured. More advanced modelers can incorporate compliances.

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