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VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 1 (March 2021) > List of articles

COMPUTATIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF THE STRENGTH OF A COMPOSITE DRIVE SHAFT

Aleksandr BOLSHIKH *

Keywords : composite materials; drive shafts; filament winding; racing car

Citation Information : Transport Problems. Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 75-86, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/tp-2021-007

License : (CC BY 4.0)

Received Date : 02-November-2019 / Accepted: 17-February-2021 / Published Online: 15-March-2021

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This computational and experimental work is dedicated to the development of promising designs of vehicle drive shafts made of polymer composite materials. This paper analyzes the existing models of drive shafts of “Formula Student” class vehicles and substantiates the use of a carbon-fiber drive shaft with titanium tips. A manufacturing technology for such a product is also presented. Evaluation of structure performance under the action of ultimate loads was carried out by the finite element method. Prototypes of composite drive shafts were produced for further laboratory and field tests. The author proposed a new design of composite drive shafts and a method for calculating the strength of the proposed design; the results were verified by bench laboratory and field tests. From the results of this work, conclusions about the performance of the developed structures and their applicability to racing cars were drawn.

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