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Electric Car Chassis for Shell Eco Marathon Competition: Design, Modelling and Finite Element Analysis

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School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, GR15780 Athens, Greece
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School of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete, GR73100 Chania, Greece
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Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Patras, GR30100 Agrinio, Greece
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2019, 10(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/wevj10010008
Received: 26 November 2018 / Revised: 21 January 2019 / Accepted: 24 January 2019 / Published: 31 January 2019
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Abstract

The increasing demand for energy efficient electric cars, in the automotive sector, entails the need for improvement of their structures, especially the chassis, because of its multifaceted role on the vehicle dynamic behaviour. The major criteria for the development of electric car chassis are the stiffness and strength enhancement subject to mass reduction as well as cost and time elimination. Towards this direction, this work indicates an integrated methodology of developing an electric car chassis considering the modeling and simulation concurrently. The chassis has been designed in compliance with the regulations of Shell Eco Marathon competition. This methodology is implemented both by the use of our chassis load calculator (CLC) model, which automatically calculates the total loads applied on the vehicle’s chassis and by the determination of a worst case stress scenario. Under this extreme stress scenario, the model’s output was evaluated for the chassis design and the FEA method was performed by the pre-processor ANSA and the solver Ansys. This method could be characterized as an accurate ultrafast and cost-efficient method. View Full-Text
Keywords: parametric design; lightweight structures; chassis; CAD; vehicle dynamics; FEM; modeling; electric car; shell eco marathon; chassis design parametric design; lightweight structures; chassis; CAD; vehicle dynamics; FEM; modeling; electric car; shell eco marathon; chassis design
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Tsirogiannis, E.C.; Stavroulakis, G.E.; Makridis, S.S. Electric Car Chassis for Shell Eco Marathon Competition: Design, Modelling and Finite Element Analysis. World Electr. Veh. J. 2019, 10, 8.

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