Project Title

Carbon Fiber Monocoque

Date of Last Revision

2019-04-29 14:31:08

Major

Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected 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, construction, 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.

Harambe is a recumbent tadpole tricycle with the main component being a carbon fiber/honeycomb monocoque. The structural fairing replaces the 6061-T6 Aluminum frame used in the previous years’ vehicles. Harambe includes additional reinforcement in the regions where the driver’s safety is a concern. These reinforcements protect against the potential event of an accident or roll-over scenario. 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

Dr. Scott Sawyer

First Reader

Dr. Yogesh Singh

Second Reader

Dr. Dane Quinn

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