Using Computer Aided Engineering to Find and Avoid the Steering Wheel “Nibble” Failure Mode 2005-01-1399
The paradigm for utilizing computer-aided engineering (CAE) to analyze automotive steering and suspension designs is rapidly changing. CAE's role has expanded beyond mere analysis to designing and improving product reliability and robustness. This paper presents an approach for avoiding the steering wheel nibble failure mode by improving robustness and therefore reliability through the use of CAE. For this paper, reliability is the ability of the system to avoid failure modes. A failure mode is any customer perceived deviation from ideal and avoiding failure modes naturally improves reliability.