Design and Analysis of Composite Material Drive Shaft

Paper Topic :

Mechanical Design

Author Name :

Chaitanya G Rothe A.S.Bombatkar

Abstract :

In vehicles drive shaft is one of the important components. A drive shaft is a rotating shaft that transmits power from the engine to the differential gear of a rear wheel drive vehicles. Generally an alloy steel drive shaft is used in automotive, nowadays this steel drive shaft is replaced by composite material drive shaft. The advanced composite materials such as graphite, carbon, Kevlar and glass with suitable resins are widely used because of their high specific strength and high specific module. Due to replacement of composite material can results in considerable amount of weight reduction as compared to steel shaft. In this study composite shaft and genetic algorithm is successfully applied to minimize the weight of shaft which is subjected to the constraints such as torque transmission and fundamental natural frequency.

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