DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS FOR A MODERN TRAM BOGIE: FROM SHEET METAL TO MULTI-LAYER CARBON FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITE MATERIAL
Abstract: This paper presents the first steps undertaken by a mixed research team in order to validate a modern light-weight bogie frame made of a multi-layer carbon fiber reinforced composite material. An initial design based on the traditional sheet metal fabrication techniques was developed by an experienced team at the Remarul 16 Februarie SA railway depot, which was them redesigned into a model suitable for vacuum molding fabrication technology that is specific for composite materials manufacturing. The structure was analyzed using Finite Element Analysis in ANSYS Workbench.
Key words: bogie frame, carbon fiber reinforced composite materials, finite element analysis
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