Design and development of a modern steering system influences vehicle response to steering wheel input, driver effort, comfort, safety and fuel economy. In this interactive seminar participants will analyze the steering system from the road wheel to the steering wheel.
Day one will begin with a deep dive into the anatomy and architecture of the lower steering system (wheel end, suspension geometry, linkages and steering gear), its effect on vehicle response and how forces and moments at the contact patch are converted to a torque at the pinion. Next, the anatomy and architecture of the upper steering system (steering column and intermediate shaft) will be explored as well as the role of the upper steering in the occupant protection system, steering non-uniformity, and how torque and angle at the pinion is converted to torque and angle at the steering wheel..
Day two will be devoted to the power assist system anatomy/architecture for hydraulic, electro-hydraulic and electric power steering.
Day three will begin with a discussion of common steering objective tests and how system design and tuning affect steering response, torque feedback and error state performance. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of advanced steering systems such as rear wheel steer, active front steer, active park assist and other driver assistance systems.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in exercises throughout the seminar with the objective of calculating a power steering assist curve for both a hydraulic and electric power steering system. Many physical parts will be available for the students to examine.
This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.
SAE Members: $1396.00 - $1571.00
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
To register, click Register button at the top of this page and submit the online form, or contact SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (724/776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at CustomerService@sae.org.