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Design and Development of Body Panel for UTP's Shell Eco-Marathon Vehicle

M.K. GANESAN, ARUJENDRAN (2011) Design and Development of Body Panel for UTP's Shell Eco-Marathon Vehicle. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Shell Eco Marathon Asia is a fuel efficiency competition in which one liter of petrol is given and the car that travels the furthest is the winner. The goal of this project is to design and develop the body panel for the UTP's Shell Eco Marathon vehicle which is lightweight and rigid. Literature review of past designs and material used has been reviewed and researched to get an idea of suitable lightweight materials and design to be used and further enhanced. To design the body panel, CATIA V5 R16 was used to simulate the design of the new body panel. Dimensions for the simulation were taken using the chassis which has been agreed by the team to be reused. Mould was then developed by using plywood and zinc sheets to deform to the desired shape of the body parts. After mould was developed, we moved on to the fibre glass layout process in which the method used was resin infusion. After infusion done, each part were left to dry under the hot sun for about 6 hrs and then dry body parts were removed from the mould. Body parts were then fitted to the chassis with modifications done by cutting excessive fiber glass and finishing was done by using stickers to make it look better. The result of this project showed a significant 52% in weight reduction compared to the previous body panel. It also demonstrated higher rigidity, less thicker panel and higher hardness compared to the previous body panel. In conclusion, the objective of the project which is to design body panel which is lightweight, strong and affordable for UTP's Shell EcoMarathon vehicle and manufacture and assemble parts of the body panel to have a complete car has been successfully achieved.

Item Type: Final Year Project
Academic Subject : Academic Department - Mechanical Engineering - Automotive - Chassis - Chassis design
Subject: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Engineering > Mechanical
Depositing User: Users 2053 not found.
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2013 11:38
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 09:42
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/10364

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