Date of Award


Document Type

Union College Only


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

William Keat




constant velocity, double offset, Rzeppa, tripod, half shaft, plunge


Constant velocity (CV) joints have a long history of development. They are designed to transmit angular velocity from one axle shaft to another when they are not collinear. The Union College Baja racing team decided to use CV joint axles as outboard drive shafts (half shafts), which deliver the power from the engine to the wheels, in the 2023 car. Due to the geometries of the joints' components, they are difficult to manufacture without specialized equipment. Therefore an axle assembly was ordered. However, it was very difficult to find a CV axle to purchase and without a car it is near impossible to test. Dynamic analysis is a useful tool which could be used to study potential selections and whether they would fail.


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