COMPOSITE ENGINEERING AND OPTIMISATION – PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF UNLIMITED 2.0
Presented by James Ledingham, Gurit Design Engineer – GURIT Pty Ltd
Western Sydney University approached Gurit in 2017 for help in designing “Unlimited 2.0”, their single-seat solar vehicle, for entry into the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge – the nine day 2,800 kilometre race that ran across four states, from Nebraska to Oregon.
Going on to be the first international and first Australia solar car to win the 2018 American Solar Challenge, James will outline how the Gurit team used design and simulation software along with their expertise in composite engineering and materials to optimise the vehicle’s chassis and roll hoop. Ultimately the chassis weighed close to half that of the previous generation car; it was light, efficient, safe, regulatory-compliant, aerodynamic and capable of handling the racing conditions without a single composite failure.
With more than 30 years of experience in supplying engineering services and materials for the analysis and manufacture of composite structures, Gurit Composite Engineering are uniquely positioned to deliver composite solutions.