Journal of
Mechanical Engineering Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Mech. Eng. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2383
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMER
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 118

Full Length Research Paper

Static analysis of mono leaf spring with different composite materials

B. Raghu Kumar
  • B. Raghu Kumar
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Koneru Lakshmaiah University, Vijayawada,Andhra Pradesh, India.
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R. Vijaya Prakash
  • R. Vijaya Prakash
  • College of Engineering and Technology, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Andhra Pradesh, India.
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N. Ramesh
  • N. Ramesh
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Koneru Lakshmaiah University, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India.
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  •  Accepted: 08 January 2013
  •  Published: 28 February 2013

Abstract

 

In the present scenario, composites are widely used in most of the industries in place of steel, due to low weight to strength ratio. In automobile industry, one can think of replacing parts with composites. The aim of this paper is to suggest the best composite material for design and fabrication of complete mono composite leaf spring. A single leaf with variable thickness and variable width for constant cross sectional area of different composite materials, with similar mechanical and geometrical properties to the multi leaf spring, were modeled and analyzed. The finite element results using ANSYS software showing stresses and deflections were verified with analytical results. The design constraints were stresses and displacement. Compared to the steel spring, the composite spring has stresses and deflection that are much lower, and the spring weight is nearly 78% lower.

 

Key words: Leaf spring, composite, steel spring.