Cadillac ATS “Loads Management Striker Cap” Development 2014-01-0928
The automotive industry is under great pressure to reduce vehicle mass for both cost and fuel economy gains. A significant contributor to body and suspension structure mass is peak vertical loads, primarily entering the body structure through the jounce bumper to body interface.
This paper focuses on the successful development of “Loads Management Striker Caps” for the 2013 Cadillac ATS front and rear suspension. Component design and development of the striker caps was executed using explicit finite element analysis tools. Multi-body dynamics vehicle models were used to set component requirements and confirm striker cap performance for the vehicle during peak vertical events.
The “Loads Management Striker Caps” ultimately reduced peak strut/shock tower loads by 40% in the front suspension and 25% in the rear suspension. This resulted in significant body and chassis mass savings, contributing to the Cadillac ATS's class leading curb weight.