Design, Analysis and Optimization of Leaf Spring
Dhiraj K. Bhandarkar1 and Sanjay P. Shekhawat2
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In New Light commercial vehicle development, Engine is mounted at rear to have low Engine Noise and Vibration inside cabin. At the same time there is a need of high load carrying rear suspension to suit market requirement. In this paper complete design of leaf spring rear suspension for rear engine is discussed.This is nontraditional type of suspension with leaf spring application for rear engine vehicle. Traditionally, for light commercial vehicles, Engine is placed at front/middle giving huge space for traditional rear axle with differential inside. Design of rear suspension is verified and validated successfully for durability and handling by doing finite element analysis and testing.