Mechanical 6 - Sway Bar


Student Team: Shazaer Yusef, Kari Jenson, Lauren Bergam, Dwayne Williams
Advisor: Brent Fales
Sponsoring Organization: Commuter Cars
Liaison: Rick Woodbury

The original design of the Tango commuter car did not include a rear sway bar in the suspension. Under high acceleration in tight turns, the inside front wheel tended to lift off of the ground.  The purpose of this project was to implement a pre-existing rear sway bar that would reduce potentiality of body roll and fit in a constricted space without interfering with critical components.  This involved analyzing space requirements, creating SolidWorks models of the designs, finite element analysis, part selection, drive tests, as well as the redesign of the trailing arm which is the main support of the car.  The sponsor has reported better vehicular handling post-rear sway bar implementation.


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