Major

Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

This report explores the need to improve the Zips Baja vehicle handling performance. This will be achieved by designing an anti-roll bar system for the rear suspension of the Zips Baja vehicle to decrease the turning radius of the vehicle. The project develops specific goals to achieve increased performance, goes through the engineering design cycle to create a prototype, evaluate its effectiveness, optimize the design through several iterations, and design a final solution. After sub-functions have been determined, conceptual ideas for completing all sub-functions were evaluated and a conceptual design was selected to proceed into the embodiment design phase. Once the embodiment design was completed, calculations detailing the theory of an anti-roll bar were explored and applied. These calculations showed evidence the anti-roll bar would be successful in achieving the goal of increased performance, but further verification was needed to establish a relationship between anti-roll bar characteristics and performance. A prototype system was made and then subjected to testing to establish the necessary relationship between anti-roll bar characteristics and vehicle performance. After field testing, a second iteration of the system was produced to improve on the initial prototype. The final product resulted in satisfying the goals that were initially set.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Christopher Daniels

First Reader

Dr. Daniel Deckler

Second Reader

Steve Gerbetz

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