Title

Composite Snowmobile Suspension System

Presenter Information

Michael Villarma

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Composites, Lightweight, Suspension

Abstract

Snowmobile technology is constantly evolving and incorporating new ideas into products for the consumer to enjoy. After-market manufactures are competing among themselves for the top position in suspension technology, yet none have broken the boundaries and really pushed to the next level until now. The objective of this design was to provide the consumer with a lightweight and simple suspension system that would meet the performance demands of the consumer market. In order to meet the strength-to-weight ratio requirements of this design, composites were implemented to provide the necessary structural strength for the overall system. A one piece carbon fiber subframe is the first of its kind and provides a foundation for all other components to fasten too. By replacing structural materials that were initially made from a high strength steel with a light weight carbon fiber, the weight savings are substantial and can be observed throughout the system. In order to determine the success of this design, a series of tests both on and off the vehicle were performed to accurately describe the behavior of the material under load. Three-point bending, load analysis, and weight comparison are examples of the test processes that will provide conclusive data on the overall performance of this design.

Poster Number

13

Faculty Mentor(s)

Charles Pringle

Department/Program

Engineering Technologies, Safety, & Construction

Additional Mentoring Department

Engineering Technologies, Safety, & Construction

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Composite Snowmobile Suspension System

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

Snowmobile technology is constantly evolving and incorporating new ideas into products for the consumer to enjoy. After-market manufactures are competing among themselves for the top position in suspension technology, yet none have broken the boundaries and really pushed to the next level until now. The objective of this design was to provide the consumer with a lightweight and simple suspension system that would meet the performance demands of the consumer market. In order to meet the strength-to-weight ratio requirements of this design, composites were implemented to provide the necessary structural strength for the overall system. A one piece carbon fiber subframe is the first of its kind and provides a foundation for all other components to fasten too. By replacing structural materials that were initially made from a high strength steel with a light weight carbon fiber, the weight savings are substantial and can be observed throughout the system. In order to determine the success of this design, a series of tests both on and off the vehicle were performed to accurately describe the behavior of the material under load. Three-point bending, load analysis, and weight comparison are examples of the test processes that will provide conclusive data on the overall performance of this design.