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The Study of Motorcycle Hub Materials and Analysis Under Critical Load Environments
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Volume 2, 2015
Issue 6 (November)
Pages: 188-192   |   Vol. 2, No. 6, November 2015   |   Follow on         
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Chidiebere Sobechukwu Metu, Research and Development Department, National Engineering Design Development Institute, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria.
Dim Nathan Uche, School of Project Management, Federal University of Science and Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
Sunday Christopher Aduloju, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.
Obumneme Onyedum, Research and Development Department, National Engineering Design Development Institute, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria.
Kenechukwu Okechukwu, Research and Development Department, National Engineering Design Development Institute, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria.
The knowledge of material science plays a crucial role in the selection of engineering materials for the purpose of design and manufacture of automotive mechanical components. The importance of a hub in a motorcycle automotive industry, as the central part of a motorcycle wheel that rotates on or with the axle and from which spokes radiates, prompted this comparative study on materials which will better serve the purpose of the hub. A comparative evaluation of Cast iron and Aluminum alloy for motorcycle hub were done and their reactions under the same critical load environment were analyzed. Data on the critical loads and forces that were used for the analysis were obtained from literature, and the analyses were done with an Autodesk Inventor Software. Findings made confirmed that the aluminum alloy hub have less weight than the cast iron hub which helps to reduce the inertia (the work done to move or stop the motorcycle hub). Further, the findings showed that the aluminum alloy hub has a good weight to strength ratio when compared to cast iron. The study therefore concluded that, regardless of the material cost and manufacturing cost of both hubs, the aluminum alloy hubs are better alternatives to the cast iron hubs.
Engineering Materials, Cast Iron, Aluminum, Material Selection, Motorcycle Hub
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