Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Politecnico di Torino, C.so
Duca degli Abruzzi 24 Turin, 10129, Italy
Received: 15 Jul 2016 – Revised: 26 Jan 2017 – Accepted: 06 Feb 2017 – Published: 24 Feb 2017
Abstract. In this paper, a lightweight suspension system for small urban personal transportation vehicle is presented. A CFRP (Carbon fiber reinforce polymer) beam spring has been used to efficiently integrate the functions of suspension control arm and anti-roll bar. Composites materials were chosen to tailor the required behavior of the beam spring and to reduce the weight. Furthermore, larger space for engine compartment has been provided thanks to the compact arrangement of beam suspension components. This suspension could be installed on electric/hybrid vehicles and conventional automobiles.
Xu, S., Ferraris, A., Airale, A. G., and Carello, M.: Elasto-kinematics design of an innovative composite material suspension system, Mech. Sci., 8, 11-22, doi:10.5194/ms-8-11-2017, 2017.