Redesign of a Torsion Bar Testing Machine
Date of Defense
Richard B. Hathaway, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Christopher Cho, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Rameshwar P. Sharma, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Many types of vehicles utilize torsion bar suspensions. In particular, many types of racecars use torsion bar suspension systems because they are durable, compact, easy to remove, and easy to replace. In order to more effectively test torsion bar suspensions, a torsion bar rating machine was redesigned using 3D solid modeling, finite element analysis, and computer programming software. Some distinct advantages and improvements over current testing machines include: a smaller, lighter, and more compact frame; a computer program with real time data analysis, display, and storage capability; and the ability to accommodate both torsion bars and torsion bar systems of varying sizes.
Meiser, Amanda J.; Lawrence, David; and Maher, Brian, "Redesign of a Torsion Bar Testing Machine" (2011). Honors Theses. 85.
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