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Design and Analyze the Frame for the Global Sustainable Urban Transport (SUT) Vehicle

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Mechanical Engineering

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23.372.1 - 23.372.11



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Mohammad Kamal Hossain Tuskegee University

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Mohammad Kamal Hossain is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tuskegee University. He received his Ph.D., M.S., and B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA), Tuskegee University (USA), and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Bangladesh), respectively. His specialization is in the areas of materials and design. Before coming to Tuskegee University (TU), he worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Research Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He served as a Technical Advisor for the senior design project at UNLV. He teaches CAD, capstone design, and solid mechanics courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has been involved with the capstone design program at TU since his tenure in 2008. His course design projects are sponsored by industry and government laboratory which include GM, JOHN DEERE, AFRL, and NUCOR. He is the Lead-Faculty Contact for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) at TU.

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Design and Analyze the Frame for the Global Sustainable Urban Transport (SUT) Vehicle Mohammad Kamal Hossaina and Derrick Pettaway, IIb Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088 a Faculty Advisor and Corresponding Author: E-mail: Ph: (1) 334 727 8128, Fax: (1) 334 727 8090 b Undergraduate StudentIn this paper we describe activities of Tuskegee University (TU) students on the 2011-2012Sustainable Urban Transport (SUT) Global Project whose goal is to develop an affordable andsustainable global vehicle. This project is sponsored by the Partners for the Advancement ofCollaborative Engineering Education (PACE). General Motors’ annual PACE competition is aglobal project designed to address the need for the Next Generation of SUT. The competitionunites schools from around the world in a team effort to accomplish this goal. Our global PACEteam is comprised of teams from INHA University (South Korea), Monash (AUS), and RWTHAachen University (Germany), Northwestern University (USA), Hongik University (SouthKorea), and Tuskegee University (USA). Our team’s projected city of interest is Seoul, SouthKorea. As of 2010, Seoul’s population was 10,464,051. The Tuskegee University sub-teamfocused on the frame analysis and material selection.Our objective of frame analysis was to optimize the critical loading situation and reduce thevehicle weight selecting the right material for this vehicle. It was recognized that the current stateof material development presented the opportunity to apply materials outside of the industrystandards used today. To accomplish our objective, we designed the frame based on the selecteddimensions by the global team using Unigraphics NX 7.5 provided by the PACE. We thenconducted finite element analysis (FEA) on the frame for various materials using Nastranembedded in the NX. An emphasis was placed on the resulting stress, strain, and structuraldisplacement of each FEA. The material options established for our analyses were steel, analuminum and steel combination, and carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite (CFRP).The results of our analyses were consistent with the results of our PACE teammates. Carbonfiber reinforced polymer composite was proven to be the ideal material for the SUT. Itsmaximum structural displacement, strain, and stress were 590.67 mm, 0.828, and 0.828 MPa,respectively. The overall mass of the CFRP frame was 1335.73 kg, nearly 35 % of the steelframe’s mass.

Hossain, M. K. (2013, June), Design and Analyze the Frame for the Global Sustainable Urban Transport (SUT) Vehicle Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19386

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