Optimization and Fatigue Analysis of Steering Knuckle
Light weight, low fuel consumption and high durability are the primary demands for any vehicle. The steering knuckle is a standout amongst the most vital parts of a vehicle. The aim of this research is scale down the mass of an existing steering knuckle component of a local car model, using Creo 2.0, and performing its shape optimization, using Hyperworks as pre and post processor and Nastran as a solver, in order to meet the required strength attributes at the cost of minimum weight. The Investigation has been successful in optimizing the steering knuckle satisfying the required attributes and achieving a weight reduction of 8.81% in comparison with its initial model. Fatigue analysis is performed on the model to investigation the load bearing behavior of steering knuckle under when in operation.