Design of a High-Performance Composite Triple Clamp of Motorbike
Akshay B1, Sony Alias2, Ramesh Kumar R3

1Akshay B, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Trivandrum, India.
2Sony Alias, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Trivandrum, India.
3Ramesh Kumar R, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India.
Manuscript received on December 16, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on December 22, 2019. | Manuscript published on January 10, 2020. | PP: 1253-1259 | Volume-9 Issue-3, January 2020. | Retrieval Number: C8708019320/2020©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.C8708.019320
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Abstract: A simple and novel design concept for a CFRP composite triple clamp of a motorbike is brought out for low mass that fulfills the stiffness and strength requirement when compared to an existing steel triple clamp. In general, for any triple clamp configuration, the ideal fibre angle is chosen as the angle that subtends in the arm of the clamp with respect to the longitudinal direction (a line connecting the two fork holes). The initial design configuration is fabricated using a commercially available low modulus bi- directional carbon–epoxy laminate and tested for the evaluation of axial and transverse stiffnesses. Finite element model is then verified through the test data. Using the validated FE model, a new design with the high modulus carbon-fiber is arrived at. The proposed composite design suitable for high performance motorbike that possesses, high margin over critical load case with low mass when compared to steel clamp is provided. 
Keywords: Fiber Stress, Composite Element, Motorbike, Twist Load.
Scope of the Article: Composite Materials