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Best steering geometry for a tricycle?

Question asked by Vinay Mishra in #Mechanical #Automobiles on Feb 2, 2020
Vinay Mishra
Vinay Mishra · Feb 2, 2020
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Which steering geometry is best for a tricycle? I want a steering geometry for a tricycle which is more effective in terms of sharp turns(both L and R) and also having less effort in movement.

I have used Parallel, Akerman's, and Anti-Akerman's geometry. Anti-Akerman's geometry was pretty good in terms of sharp turns and effort but, Is there some other geometry that can be more effective and efficient?

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bill yorke
bill yorke · Feb 2, 2020
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The best to incorporate a tadpole design would be Ackarman's Steering with four bar mechanism. It also provides stability for an overall vehicle but it also delivers dynamic stability over hard braking and high speeds.                                                                                                                                                                           

Noothan Kumar
Noothan Kumar · Feb 22, 2020
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Ackermann Steering geometry would be the best choice for your tricycle with a tadpole design. It provides an optimum turning radius and good steering characteristics.

Though, the slip characteristics provided by Ackermann steering geometry are not that impressive, it must work efficiently for a low speed vehicle, such as a tricycle.

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