This thesis deals with a study on the torsional stiffness of existing truck chassis and some others improved models by using finite element method. The objective of this study is to improve the torsional stiffness by design and to provide simulation of the deflection on the chassis. The problem on the chassis is the deflection on the chassis whereas higher displacement will affect the torsional stiffness of the truck. ABAQUS was used as it is a powerful engineering simulation tool based on the finite element method. The magnitude of torsional stiffness for existing and modified models were calculated based on data of deflection of each models which were obtained from the finite element simulation. The multi holes model was choosen as the best proposed model due to the highest of torsional stffness as comparison result among existing and modified models.
torsional stiffness, finite element method, truck chassis