Leaf Spring

Leaf spring is a simple form of spring, commonly used for the suspension in wheeled vehicles. It is also one of the oldest forms of springing, dating back to medieval times.An advantage of a leaf spring over a helical spring is that the end of the leaf spring may be guided along a definite path.Sometimes referred to as a semi-elliptical spring or cart spring, it takes the form of a slender arc-shaped length of spring steel of rectangular cross-section. The center of the arc provides location for the axle, while tie holes are provided at either end for attaching to the vehicle body. For very heavy vehicles, a leaf spring can be made from several leaves stacked on top of each other in several layers, often with progressively shorter leaves. Leaf springs can serve locating and to some extent damping as well as springing functions. While the interleaf friction provides a damping action, it is not well controlled and results in stiction in the motion of the suspension. For this reason manufacturers have experimented with mono-leaf springs.

This spring is modeled in SolidWorks keeping a numerical problem on Leaf spring in mind (Source :- Mechanical Machine Design by R.S.Khurmi)

Specs :-
No. of Leaves = 12
Length = 1050mm
Load = 5.4KN

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