(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

So I am designing the suspension for a small formula car. It's a pushrod suspension much like what is shown below:

[PLAIN]http://f1-dictionary.110mb.com/Images/pullrod_poshrod_push.gif [Broken]

I am trying to find the required tubing diameter for the loads the car will experience.

2. Relevant equations

Ʃf(x)=0

Ʃf(y)=0

σ=F/A

3. The attempt at a solution

The free body diagram

The car is assumed to weigh 700lbs, have 60-40 front to rear weight distribution and be in a 2G turn, so the maximum force of the tire is 525lb. θ is assued to be 45°

By the method of joints:

At pinned joint A

Ʃf(x)=0=F_{LCA}-cos(θ)F_{p}

Ʃf(y)=0=F_{t}-F_{p}sin(θ)

At pinned joint B

Ʃf(x)=0=-F_{s}-F_{p}cos(θ)

Ʃf(y)=0=-F_{Ry}-F_{p}sin(θ)

So F_{p}=F_{t}/sin(θ)

And the maximum force in the pushrod is around 743lb. One of the tubing thicknesses under consideration is 5/8 .035 4130 chromoly which has a yield strength of 70PSI.

Cross sectional area is

∏/4(.625in-.59in)=.0275 in^{2}

Calculating the stress at maximum load is calculated at around 27000 PSI

I know my statics is rusty but this is wayyyyy off. This tubing thickness is within the range of what other people are using, maybe a bit on the small side. Can anyone point out where I may have gone wrong?

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