Optimisation of Steering System Geometry of Longer FOH Commercial Vehicles
Commercial vehicle industry is presently striving towards development of buses with enhanced passenger safety and comfort. This calls for additional components and aggregates that eventually lead to increase in the overall length and gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the bus for the same passenger capacity. Usually, steering system of longer front overhang (FOH) vehicles have multiple linkages such as bevel box arrangement or intermediate pivot arm arrangement instead of single direct draglink because of packaging and design constraints. In this work, an attempt has been made to design the steering system for one of the longer FOH bus with single direct draglink arrangement. Here, single draglink was packaged and designed with commercially available higher strength tube material. Design optimisation of steering geometry was carried such that the steering performance was atleast on par with existing performance.