Creating the Next Belly Racer with SOLIDWORKS – Part Three

Welcome to the “Creating a Belly Racer with SOLIDWORKS” blog site series. If you require to capture up, you can begin with the very first one here

As I showed in the 2nd blog site in this series, we’ll begin to take a look at the Belly Racer chassis style in more information in thisBlog Keeping with the initial style intent Paul Cameron specified at the start of this task, the Belly Racer chassis will be based upon an aircraft airframe. An airframe is specified as the mechanical structure of an airplane. An airframe is generally constructed out of aluminum due to the fact that gain access to weight should be kept to a minimum.

We’ll follow the very same guideline with the Belly Racer and lessen the weight and usage aluminum T-6061 for most of the chassis style. Steel will be utilized for important elements such as the roll bar and surrounding motorist security which will be incorporated into the chassis style. The style of the Belly Racer chassis will be consisted of Bulkheads, Stringers, Longeron and theSkin Here’s a great image revealing what these elements appear like.

When I began the Belly Racer Project Paul Cameron provided me with his idea designs revealed here.

I utilized Paul’s designs as recommendation for the chassis style. The ended up style looks comparable to these designs. A great deal of extra functions were contributed to the elements to make putting together and welding the chassis simpler by utilizing self fixturing elements. Here are pictures of the SOLIDWORKS assembly design of the chassis.

The style is relatively basic as you can see. The intent is to make the Belly Racer as a set so somebody can develop and race it. Each element will be laser or water jet eliminated of T-6061 Aluminum.

Assembly and welding will require cautious preparation due to the fact that of the method each piece meshes. Here’s the front suspension primary bulkheads and stringers, which reveals the tabs and slots utilized for the self fixturing in this took off view.

Looking at the rear end of the chassis we see where the “T”- formed stringers connect to the differential real estate. The horizontal element of the “T” is bent somewhat so it will comply with the curved shape of the body skin and the vertical element will suit the slots in the bulkheads. The slots will assist with assembly and welding without the requirement to elaborate fixturing.

Here’s a total take a look at the chassis. There’s one element disappointed which’s the roll bar/driver security cage. I’ll reveal that in the next blog site.

To get a concept of the strength of the chassis, we ran some simulation research studies on the chassis with the body skin in location. A weight of 200 pounds. was positioned in the motorist’s seat to imitate a chauffeur. A direct fixed simulation research study was carried out utilizing the 3D EXPERIENCESimulation Structural Mechanics Engineer Here are the arise from among the fixed research studies. The optimum displacement is 0.3 mm, which is mainly in the seat.

We’ll be doing other kinds of simulation research studies to examine the structural stability of the chassis in both fixed and vibrant scenarios.

Until the next blog site cheers!

Mike Sabocheck

Mike Sabocheck

Mike Sabocheck is a Technical Sales Director with Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS Mike has actually been with DS SOLIDWORKS for 21 years. Prior to SOLIDWORKS he worked for Xerox for 17 years and after that forIntergraph His specializeds are using SOLIDWORKS to various style and production procedures.

Mike Sabocheck

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  • Creating the Next Belly Racer with SOLIDWORKS– Part Three – June 7, 2021
  • How SOLIDWORKS Helped Design a Belly Racer: Part Two – April 2, 2021
  • How SOLIDWORKS Helped Build a Belly Racer – March 15, 2021


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