Design of Alternative Front Axle Disconnect Actuator (FADA) Housing Joints
In use on over eight million 4×4 vehicles on the road today, the front axle disconnect actuator (FADA) is a key automotive component that disconnects the front axle from the drivetrain to improve fuel economy. The current joint design involves riveting the three plastic housings together with two sets of three rivets which is highly sensitive to dimensional variation and subsequent failure. Stoneridge has requested our team to redesign new joining methods for the external housings of FADA focusing on key requirements such as durability, cost, overall dimensions, and ease of manufacturability.
Course: ME 450
Instructional Team: Prof. Randy Schwemmin
Project Member(s): Jared Shattuck
Project Sponsor: Stoneridge