OLD MATERIALS + DESIGN TECHNIQUES = LIGHTER STEERING SYSTEMS
New or exotic materials are now available to the design engineer for execution of his designs. However, when the cost objectives for the component or system preclude the use of these materials, the engineer must resort to the standard, low-cost lightweight materials, such as SAE 308 aluminum. Careful design and the use of new or special design techniques will still allow sizeable weight reduction. Two examples illustrating different methods of designing or testing around the properties of old and familiar materials are taken from the design of the steering system of the 1978 Fairmont and 1979 Ford Mustang, where a 46% reduction in system weight was achieved without the use of expensive high strength materials.
- From the February 26-March 2, 1979 Meeting.
Warrendale, PA USA 15096
- Crain, R W
- Publication Date: 1979
- Pagination: 12 p.
- Society of Automotive Engineers Preprint
- Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers
- TRT Terms: Aluminum; Automobiles; Costs; Steering gears; Steering systems; Vehicle power plants
- Old TRIS Terms: Automobile engines
- Subject Areas: Finance; Highways; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00301541
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Engineering Index
- Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 790403 Conf Paper
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Nov 27 1979 12:00AM