Elasto-kinematics design of an innovative composite material suspension system

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Xu, Shuang ; Ferraris, Alessandro ; Airale, Andrea Giancarlo ; Carello, Massimiliana (2017)

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.
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