Next Article in Journal
Nanofabrication Techniques in Large-Area Molecular Electronic Devices
Next Article in Special Issue
Modeling Head-On Collisions: The Problem of Identifying Collision Parameters
Previous Article in Journal
Performance Improvement of Concentrated-Flux Type IPM PMSM Motor with Flared-Shape Magnet Arrangement
Previous Article in Special Issue
Finite Element Study of the Effect of Internal Cracks on Surface Profile Change due to Low Loading of Turbine Blade
Open AccessArticle

Design and Structural Analysis of a Front Single-Sided Swingarm for an Electric Three-Wheel Motorcycle

School of Production Engineering & Management, Technical University of Crete, 73100 Chania, Greece
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(17), 6063; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10176063
Received: 31 July 2020 / Revised: 19 August 2020 / Accepted: 27 August 2020 / Published: 1 September 2020
This study focuses on the structural analysis of the front single-sided swingarm of a new three-wheel electric motorcycle, recently designed to meet the challenges of the vehicle electrification era. The primary target is to develop a swingarm capable of withstanding the forces applied during motorcycle’s operation and, at the same time, to be as lightweight as possible. Different scenarios of force loadings are considered and emphasis is given to braking forces in emergency braking conditions where higher loads are applied to the front wheels of the vehicle. A dedicated Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software is used for the structural evaluation of different swingarm designs, through a series of finite element analysis simulations. A topology optimization procedure is also implemented to assist the redesign effort and reduce the weight of the final design. Simulation results in the worst-case loading conditions, indicate strongly that the proposed structure is effective and promising for actual prototyping. A direct comparison of results for the initial and final swingarm design revealed that a 23.2% weight reduction was achieved. View Full-Text
Keywords: swingarm; single-sided; Finite Elements Analysis (FEA); three-wheel motorcycle; topology optimization swingarm; single-sided; Finite Elements Analysis (FEA); three-wheel motorcycle; topology optimization
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Spanoudakis, P.; Christenas, E.; Tsourveloudis, N.C. Design and Structural Analysis of a Front Single-Sided Swingarm for an Electric Three-Wheel Motorcycle. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 6063. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10176063

AMA Style

Spanoudakis P, Christenas E, Tsourveloudis NC. Design and Structural Analysis of a Front Single-Sided Swingarm for an Electric Three-Wheel Motorcycle. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(17):6063. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10176063

Chicago/Turabian Style

Spanoudakis, Polychronis; Christenas, Evangelos; Tsourveloudis, Nikolaos C. 2020. "Design and Structural Analysis of a Front Single-Sided Swingarm for an Electric Three-Wheel Motorcycle" Appl. Sci. 10, no. 17: 6063. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10176063

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop