Carbon Fiber Monocoque Chassis Redesign
Durham, Todd E., 1999--
Bangert, Lauren M., 1999--
McCoy, Matthew L., 1999--
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The NIU Supermileage Team develops ultra-energy efficient gas and electric vehicles. In the past, the team has created their vehicle using an aluminum tubing frame and carbon fiber shell. The carbon fiber shell is not load bearing and only acts as an aerodynamic shape for the vehicle, allowing it to slice through the air efficiently by minimizing drag due to air resistance and turbulence in the form of eddy currents. The primary goal is to develop a monocoque chassis for the Supermileage Team. A monocoque chassis is a body type in which the vehicle is composed of a singular, unibody structure. Rather than having an aluminum tubing frame as the structure and carbon fiber shell as the aerodynamic geometry, the carbon fiber composite structure functions as both the load bearing structure as well the aerodynamic structure. This allows for optimization in weight, aerodynamics, and rolling resistance. The Supermileage Team requires a carbon fiber monocoque vehicle redesign that improves overall energy efficiency.