Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Richard Hathaway

Second Advisor

Bade Shrestha


Structural integrity of suspension components is important to the safety and the longevity of vehicles. Streamline tubing, an aerodynamically shaped material used in high performance vehicle controls, can be prone to failure if not properly analyzed for its asymmetric geometry. The component was redesigned as a composite structure using modern materials to make a highly aerodynamic product stiffer, stronger, and lighter per unit weight than a conventional all steel design. Finite element analysis was conducted and five prototypes using different materials were constructed and tested. This method of maximizing component lightness and stiffness using the beneficial properties of each material contributed to a design which optimized costs while achieving set goals.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation