Optimum Design and Analysis of a Composite Drive Shaft for an Automobile

University essay from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola/Avdelningen för maskinteknik; Blekinge Tekniska Högskola/Avdelningen för maskinteknik

Abstract:

Substituting composite structures for conventional metallic structures has many advantages because of higher specific stiffness and strength of composite materials. This work deals with the replacement of conventional two-piece steel drive shafts with a single-piece e-glass/ epoxy, high strength carbon/epoxy and high modulus carbon/epoxy composite drive shaft for an automotive application. The design parameters were optimized with the objective of minimizing the weight of composite drive shaft. The design optimization also showed significant potential improvement in the performance of drive shaft.

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