Design and Analysis of Propeller Shaft

1V. Jose Ananth Vino, Gaurav Kumar, Dhiraj Kumar Singh and Gautam Kumar


Substituting composite structures for conventional metallic structures has many advantages because of higher specific stiffness and strength of composite materials. This work deals with the replacement of conventional two-piece steel drive shafts with a single-piece e-glass/ epoxy, high strength carbon/epoxy and high modulus carbon/epoxy composite drive shaft for an automotive application. The design parameters were optimized with the objective of minimizing the weight of composite drive shaft. The design optimization also showed significant potential improvement in the performance of drive shaft. The main concept of our project is to reduce the weight of automotive drive shaft with the utilization of composite material. Composite materials have been used in automotive components because of their properties such as low weight, high specific stiffness, corrosion free, ability to produce complex shapes, high specific strength and high impact energy absorption etc .As the automotive drive shaft is a very important component of vehicle. The modeling of the drive shaft assembly was done using SOLIDWORKS software. A shaft has to be designed to meet the stringent design requirements for automotives. In automobiles the drive shaft is used for the transmission of motion from the engine to the differential. An automotive propeller shaft, or drive shaft, transmits power from the engine to differential gears of rear wheel-driving vehicle. In present work an attempt has been to estimate deflection, stresses under subjected loads & natural frequencies using Ansys software.


Propeller Shaft, Design and Analysis, Composite Materials, E-glass/ Epoxy

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