College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2024-06-04 07:23:10



Honors Course

MECE 497

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2024


The push for innovation and enhancement of sports equipment in recent years has led to significant advancements in composite materials. This project aims to propose new design possibilities that will improve the lifespan of a two-piece composite bat. Using finite element analysis (FEA) software, various fiber orientations and materials were modeled and analyzed for their impact response. Two unique quarter-cylinder designs along with a baseline design were modeled with symmetric boundary conditions. The proposed bat deigns include a helicoidal model and a CFRP-Aramid hybrid model. Comparative analysis of the elastic responses revealed that both the helicoidal and hybrid models demonstrated higher internal energy when contrasted with the baseline model. This heightened internal energy signifies improved capabilities in mitigating stress, strain, fatigue, and damage accumulation over time. Furthermore, the increased displacement observed in the helicoidal and hybrid models suggests superior flexibility and energy storage during impact, therefore aiding in the distribution of forces across the structure and reducing localized damage. These findings underscore the potential of innovative composite bat designs to further revolutionize sports equipment and provide a competitive edge by maximizing durability within the industry standards.

Research Sponsor

Dr. K.T. Tan

First Reader

Dr. Isaiah Kaiser

Second Reader

Dr. Manigandan Kannan

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Scott Sawyer

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