Feasibility of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites for Engine Pushrods

Cain, Joshua (2021) Feasibility of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites for Engine Pushrods. [USQ Project]

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In this project, the use of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites for engine pushrods were researched. Based on Literature Review, a multi-piece pushrod design was selected, containing a main section and pair of end caps. The aim was to suggest a high-performance pushrod design with low mass and increased high stiffness to prevent bending. The methodology of this study covered experimental and theoretical. The experimental aspect of the project determined unknown properties the test materials, with full-scale mechanical testing. The findings from compression testing showed global buckle was common; however, local buckle and localised failures were also observed. An attempt was made to validate the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) models with physical testing; however, very poor agreement was found. Overall, FRP composites were deemed viable for an engine pushrod application, but further optimisation of the design is required.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Yousif, Belal; Epaarachchi, Jayantha
Qualification: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2023 02:25
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2023 02:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: fibre-reinforced polymer, engine, pushrod, finite element analysis
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/52068

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