Major

Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

The University of Akron’s Human Powered Vehicle Team designed a high performing, fully functioning vehicle that is safe, efficient, and practical for the 2018-2019 season. These objectives were the main priorities when it came to the initial stages of designing the vehicle. In addition, the vehicle was designed in accordance with the ASME 2019 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge guidelines to satisfy all the rules and requirements. Additional priorities have been created to teach practical engineering skills and techniques to the students participating in the project through different points in the production process including research, vehicle design, manufacturing, and testing.

The majority of the work was completed at the University of Akron during the 2018-2019 academic year by undergraduate students from a variety of engineering disciplines. Sub-teams were created to focus on the different regions and systems of the vehicle, including but not limited to, the fairing, steering, suspension, communication, testing, and frame areas. These teams allowed members to take ownership of specific projects and gain in-depth knowledge surrounding their distinct task.

Inspired by UA’s Formula Combustion Vehicle, the team is debuting its first monocoque chassis constructed from a carbon fiber/epoxy composite with an aramid honeycomb core. Harambe is a recumbent tadpole trike with all components direct mounted to hardpoints on the chassis. The vehicle will have a fully integrated RPS which will protect against the potential event of an accident or roll-over. Additionally, the vehicle includes a front wheel suspension system, bell crank steering that makes use of a centered steering wheel, contoured seats, and a Bluetooth communication system between the driver and the rest of the team.

Research Sponsor

Scott Sawyer

First Reader

Yogesh Singh

Second Reader

N/A College of Engineering

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Manufacturing Commons

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