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Caster angle

by Charles123
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Charles123
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Jan26-12, 08:12 PM
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Can you draw a force diagram to explain how a positive caster angle makes wheels return to a straight line in a shopping kart (as an example), while a negative caster angle would have the opposite effect.
Thx
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Jan26-12, 08:18 PM
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Can you draw a force diagram to explain how a positive caster angle makes wheels return to a straight line in a shopping kart (as an example), while a negative caster angle would have the opposite effect.
Thx
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Jan26-12, 10:06 PM
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A shopping cart wheel uses a caster displacement, the pivot axis is vertical, and the wheel axis is behind the pivot axis, so that if the wheel if off to the side, it gets pushed back to straighten it up when the cart is pushed forwards.

A car uses an angled pivot to get a similar caster effect. Wiki article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caster_angle

Charles123
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Jan27-12, 12:08 PM
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Caster angle

I understand the idea, but I would like to see a force diagram of it. Thx


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