Idler models

A Chrono::Vehicle idler mechanism consists of the idler wheel and a mechanism attaching the idler to the chassis. The idler wheel can be either a ChDoubleTrackWheel which assumes a central guiding pin, or ChSingleTrackWheel which assumes lateral guiding pins.

An idler subsystem is defined with respect to a frame centered at the origin of the idler wheel, optionally pitched relative to the chassis reference frame. The translational joint is aligned with the X axis of this reference frame, while the axis of rotation of the revolute joint is aligned with its Y axis.

Different templates are provided for different idler mechanism topologies.

Translational idler

The idler wheel is connected through a revolute joint to the connecting body which in turn is connected to the chassis through a translational joint. A linear actuator acts as a tensioner which is modeled as a general spring-damper with optional preload.

See ChTranslationalIdler and TranslationalIdler.

Distance idler

The idler wheel is connected to an arm pinned to the chassis. A fixed distance constraint positions the arm relative to the chassis.

See ChDistanceIdler and DistanceIdler.