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

dc.contributor.advisorBeurkens, Caden
dc.contributor.advisorAskew, Thomas R., 1955-
dc.contributor.authorBeurkens, Jonah
dc.descriptioniii, 12 p.
dc.description.abstractThe 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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dc.relation.ispartofseriesSenior Individualized Projects. Physics.
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dc.titleEngineering a Custom Car Hauler : The Benefits of Computer-Assisted Design and Finite Element Analysis