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Design of Human Powered Vehicles

M. Archibald
M. Archibald
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The frame is the essence of a human-powered vehicle. A well-designed and fabricated frame will be strong enough to withstand all normal service loads, stiff enough to ensure good handling response and efficient power transfer, yet light and comfortable for the rider. These are stringent requirements, demanding much attention during design.

Functional Requirements
Inadequate Stiffness
Finite Element Modeling of Frames
FEA Modeling—Idealizations, Loads, Constraints, and Validation
Beam Elements
Shell Elements
Summary of Frame Analysis Using Shell Idealizations
Solid Elements
Boundary Conditions: Loads and Constraints
Load Cases
Vertical Drop
Horizontal Impact (CPSC or ISO Frame Test)
Maximum Acceleration
Hill Climb
Maximum Front Braking
Maximum Rear Braking
Steady-State Pedaling
Other Load Cases
FEA Load Verification
Initial Design Using Beam Idealizations
Detailed Frame Design
Frame Compatibility with Components
Bottom Bracket Shells
Head Tubes
Steerer Tubes
Dropout Locknut-to-Locknut Dimensions
Integral Derailleur Hangar Dimensions
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