The design of light weight automotive brake pedal

Nurfaizey , Abdul Hamid (2007) The design of light weight automotive brake pedal. Masters thesis, Coventry University.

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In recent years, people concerns on emissions are growing. As vehicles are one of the contributors, some governments had introduced legislations pertaining to the matter. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) for example was introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States in order to encourage car manufacturers to improve their product's efficiency, thus reducing emissions. Higher efficiency means less fuel consumption without compromising vehicles' performance. One of the solutions is to design the vehicles using smaller engine and light weight design. Conventional heavy materials can be replaced with new advanced materials to reduce weight.This dissertation is concerned with the design of light weight automotive brake pedal. Later we will be looking at how a new material can be selected as replacement for conventional material. Material selection will be carried out systematically using CES Edupack to search for potential materials. Material properties and manufacturing process are the two factors which will be considered during material selection process.An actual steel brake pedal sample from a passenger car will be used as example.The component will be measured using coordinate measuring machine before a 30 model can be generated using SolidWorks. A new brake pedal will be designed using alternative material. Both current and new design of brake pedal will be analysed using ABAQUS.Linear static stress analysis will be performed to study the behaviour of the component when subjected to extreme foot load. Based on analysis results, a polymer based composite material was found as a suitable material to produce light weight brake pedal.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Automobiles -- Brakes
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions: Library > Tesis > FKM
Depositing User: Mohd. Nazir Taib
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 02:45
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 02:45
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