Design and Optimization of Control Arm in a Solar Car Using QFD

Solar automobiles have become increasingly popular. This technology is the right solution for a variety of difficulties that have been a source of concern for various industries, resulting in a contrast between modern mobility replacements and the ongoing pursuit of sustainability. Given this innovation’s complex nature, achieving a successful structure necessitates the improvement of each component of the vehicle, including its mechanics, which is the focus of this project. The suspension system of the solar car, particularly the control arms, is thoroughly analysed throughout this project due to their extraordinary ability to play a crucial role in the vehicle’s stability. The goal of this research is to use Quality Function Deployment and SolidWorks to build upper and lower control arms for a solar automobile. Control arms are an important component of a suspension system since they connect the chassis to the wheel hub. It also allows the vehicle to adapt to uneven conditions by keeping the wheel in contact with the ground at all times. Control arms were designed, examined, and optimised utilising engineering problem-solving approaches. However, the process used to attain those findings will be the main focus of this study, and it will be clearly detailed. The factor of safety (FOS) for the optimum design was 3.4, demonstrating the viability of the chosen tools, such as Quality Function Deployment (QFD), in determining the optimum solution for the specified engineering challenge.

Author (S) Details

Mehdi Moayyedian
College of Engineering and Technology, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait.

Ali Dinc
College of Engineering and Technology, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait.

Ali Alsarraf
College of Engineering and Technology, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait.

Walid Hamouda
College of Engineering and Technology, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait.

Abdolmohsen Almutairi
College of Engineering and Technology, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait.

Abdulaziz Bushehri
College of Engineering and Technology, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait.

Ahmad Deehani
College of Engineering and Technology, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait.

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