Rack and pinion steering systems have been synthesized and designed for many automotive applications. A steering system must be optimized for best steering characteristics to reduce tire wear and to assure safety and stability. Unfortunately, each design is slightly different because of differing car parameters and different space constraints. Designers need a tool that can quickly provide optimally synthesized steering systems. A precise and efficient method has been developed to assist designers in finding an optimum planar mechanism design for rack and pinion steering systems. It can be used to design central take-off or side take-off steering systems that are in a leading or trailing configuration. This method combines a modified Freudenstein equation with numerical optimization. Because of the combination of methods, an optimized solution may be found quickly. Thus, the tool is well adapted for preliminary designs and for design iteration.

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