Engineering a Custom Car Hauler : The Benefits of Computer-Assisted Design and Finite Element Analysis

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Beurkens, Jonah
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2023-09-01
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The design and manufacture of robust and reliable vehicles is a challenge that requires an interdisciplinary approach including mechanical analysis, materials science, and advanced simulation tools. In this research, I delineate the process of engineering the truck bed and ramps for a custom ramp truck built on a 1998 Ford E-350 Cab and Chassis. I consider a combination of mechanical and economic factors such as cost, weight, yield strength, and loading conditions to determine the most effective materials to use. Then, I employ industry-standard Computer Assisted Design (CAD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software to model the proposed vehicle components and simulate their behavior under desired load conditions. Through an iterative calculation- and simulation-based process, I develop an economical, safe, and reliable design that is ready for manufacture. Insights gained from this process highlight the importance of a multifaceted approach to vehicle engineering, as well as illustrate the pivotal role of advanced simulation tools in improving and validating potential designs.
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iii, 12 p.
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