Design and Analysis of Roll Cage for an Electric Hybrid Tricycle

  IJETT-book-cover  International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT)          
© 2017 by IJETT Journal
Volume-44 Number-2
Year of Publication : 2017
Authors : Siddharth Aphale, Pradnesh Lachake
DOI :  10.14445/22315381/IJETT-V44P215


Siddharth Aphale, Pradnesh Lachake "Design and Analysis of Roll Cage for an Electric Hybrid Tricycle", International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT), V44(2),72-77 February 2017. ISSN:2231-5381. published by seventh sense research group

With the growing concern of steep dip in the fuel reserves worldwide and alarming rates of pollution, green technological trends are being progressively adopted to promote eco-friendly spirits. Efficycle is an electrically assisted, dual human pedal powered three wheeled vehicle, designed to facilitate daily mobility needs. The vehicle frame was to be ergonomically designed, engineered for performance and safety. Enhancing the structural integrity and overall aesthetics were the focal points in the design and analysis of the roll cage. This paper deals with the roll cage material selection process and finite element static structural analysis of the roll cage under predetermined conditions in FEA software Ansys 15.0 to determine its structural strength. The roll cage material selection was carried out with an aim to optimize strength, weight and cost. The key parameters taken under consideration were safety driver ergonomics, weight reduction and cost of manufacturing the chassis.


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Efficycle, FEA, 3D Modelling, Roll cage, Static Analysis.