A Novel Automotive Steering Linkage

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S. O’F. Fahey

Electric Boat Corporation, 75 Eastern Point Road, Groton, CT 06340

D. R. Huston

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405

J. Mech. Des 119(4), 481-484 (Dec 01, 1997) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826393 History: Received January 01, 1997; Revised July 01, 1997; Online December 11, 2007


This brief outlines results of a numerical study involving a novel mechanism called the Fahey eight-member mechanism (FEMM), that has application to automotive steering. This mechanism is considered in terms of a planar kinematics steering model. We derive the governing kinematics and compare results between a synthesized FEMM and two synthesized Ackermann-type steering linkages. Results suggest that FEMM better approximates ideal steering geometry, and could allow an extended range of motion for moderate speed operations.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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