Design of a skid-steer loader

Yalçın, Tuğçe
Skid-steer loaders are also called mini loaders. Skid-steer loaders are capable of zero turning radiuses, which make them extremely maneuverable and suitable for confined spaces. The aim of this thesis study is to design the loader mechanism for skid-steer loaders. Primarily, the loader mechanism synthesis will be performed to determine the basic link dimensions for the mechanism of the loader. Genetic algorithm will be used in the design process. Besides, the hydraulic cylinders dimensions and working pressure of the loader mechanism will be chosen according to the forces that will be applied. After the link dimensions of the loader are determined, 3D modeling of the loader mechanism will be performed. Afterwards, the finite element analysis of the system will be carried out. Finally, improvements will be made on the model according to the results of the analysis.
Citation Formats
T. Yalçın, “Design of a skid-steer loader,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.