Design and Analysis of Hybrid Monocoque chassis for an FSAE car
The automotive industry is increasingly focused on developing the vehicle chassis structure with passenger safety being the priority followed by improving the overall dynamic efficiency. Competition vehicles built using isotropic materials can be made safe but are heavier as compared to anisotropic materials like composite sandwich structures. This project is focused on designing a Hybrid Monocoque Chassis by incorporating both traditional and alternative materials to demonstrate that the hybrid chassis will be lighter, stiffer, and meet all of the safety and rule requirements. It is imperative to calculate the strength and stiffness of the composite sandwich panels before qualifying the monocoque for Formula SAE competition. The surface model of chassis is generated and shaped around the driver and then connected with the rear subframe while conforming to the torsional, hardpoint and bending stiffness benchmarks.