max
Maximum deflection m
Load distribution factor
E Youngs modulus Pa
E* Reduced modulus Pa
F Applied load N
F
max
Maximum applied load N
F
N
Applied normal contact load N
g Acceleration due to gravitational force ms
2
h/Ht
CG
Height of the centre of gravity m
I Moment of inertia kgm
2
k Stiffness N/m
K Radial stiffness N/m
l Wheel radius m
m
i
Moment
m Mass kg
P Applied load N
p
o
Maximum contact pressure MPa
q Quality factor
Q Rolling element load N
Q
0
Load of a maximum loaded rolling element N
r Radius m
R Relative radius of curvature m
t Torsional deflection m
T Applied torque Nm
u
r
Clearance value mm
v/V Vehicle velocity m/s
Poissons ratio
W
df
Front dynamic weight, sum of the moment about the front tyre to the road contact point Nm
W
fs
Static Front Weight N
W
t
Total weight of recumbent bike N
Wb Wheelbase m
x Deflection m
Z Number of rolling elements per row
Angle of incline
Tilt angle rads
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1. 0 Introduction
The traditional cycling hour record is the most famous world record in cycling. Records have been kept since 1876, in
which the first record was recorded to be 25.506 km travelled in one hour. The cycling hour record is now known as
the DempseyMacCready hour record. The DempseyMacCready hour record was created to inspire and promote
light, pollution free, human powered transportation. Originally, the $25,000 DempseyMacCready hour prize was
awarded to the first team that is able to travel more than 90 km in an hour. The distance, has not, thus far, been
exceeded and the prize has expired so the prize was awarded to the team that had travelled the furthest distance in one
hour. The rider of this team was Fred Markham who travelled 85.991 km in an hour which is currently the Dempsey
MacCready hour record. This is the distance which our team, Glide by Icycles, hope to exceeded using a human
powered vehicle.
During the history of the record, the vehicles have adopted a more aerodynamic shape as the years have
progressed and the distance has increased. From this we know aerodynamics are paramount so Glide by Icycles, will
be focussing on getting the right balance between aerodynamics and power. Having a human powered vehicle with
good aerodynamic properties hampers the power the driver is able to provide due to the awkward position of the driver
and so it is essential we get this perfect if Glide by Icycles is going to break the DempseyMacCready hour record.
There are also many other features which will contribute to the success of the human powered vehicle such as weight,
power train, etc. However, like all world record attempts, there are also many regulations that we have to abide to,
such as the vehicle must fit into a box 1.5 m high, 1 m wide and 3.1 m long, all vehicles must have a safe means of
stopping aswell as numerous others.
1.1 Aims and Objectives
To design a humanpowered vehicle to break the current DempseyMacCready Hour Record (85.991
km).
To improve upon the current design.
2.0 Human Powered Vehicle Selection
In order to decide which type of human powered vehicle we will used to break the DempseyMacCready hour record,
we performed a general brainstorm of ideas. Of the designs that were proposed, they then had to be evaluated to
determine which will be the most effective design.
We decided that amongst the factors that affect the performance of the human powered vehicle, some were of
greater importance than others. To allow for this to be taken into account whilst evaluating the designs we came up
with a way of weighting the criteria. As a group, it was decided that aerodynamics was of greatest importance to the
design, as this gives the greatest opposing force due to drag. Power is second most important, as the more power that
can be delivered, the faster the vehicle is able to travel. The lowest scoring criterion was ease of manufacture, as there
is no price limit for the design since we are producing a oneoff model to break the onehour record.
The most important of the criteria was given a power weighting of 8, meaning that the scores given to the
different designs for this criteria are multiplied by 8. The power weightings are given in order with lowest order being
multiplied by 1.
Each type of human powered vehicle that was proposed was then scored out of 5 against each of these criteria, as
shown in the performance matrix (Table 1). These scores were multiplied by the weighting factor and then totalled to
find the most effective design.
Criteria Type of human powered vehicle
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Table 1: Performance of human powered vehicles matrix
From the evaluation using table 1, we can see that the upright bike and the recumbent bike were clearly the leading
designs. Of these, the recumbent bike scored highest, so this is the type of design that we will develop to break the
DempseyMacCready one hour record.
3.0 Analysis of the forces on a recumbent
In order to design our recumbent bicycle to be of optimum performance, we need to analyse the makeup of the
various opposing forces on the vehicle.
The general formula for the losses of a recumbent;
RID RRD RRS D OPP
F VC mgC v A C F 04 . 0 ) 2 (
2
1
2
+ + + = (1)
The total opposing force is made up of the aerodynamic drag, the rolling resistance and the transmission losses.
Rolling resistance is affected by a static coefficient, and a dynamic coefficient which varies with vehicle velocity. The
tyres can be assumed to have a static and dynamic rolling resistance coefficient of 0.002 and 0.05 respectively
[1]
. The
mass of the recumbent and rider has been approximated as 75kg.
A formula can be set up, as in table 2, using this equation to calculate the power requirements to overcome each
of these losses. The resulting data has been plotted on figure 1, to highlight the contribution of the different drag
forces to the total drag, and how they vary with vehicle velocity.
Velocity
(m/s)
Aerodynamic
loss
Rolling
Resistance,
F
R
Transmission
loss
Required rider
power (W)
0 0 0 0 0
10 15.104 24.715 1.59276 41.41176
20 120.832 69.43 7.61048 197.87248
30 407.808 134.145 21.67812 563.63112
40 966.656 218.86 47.42064 1232.93664
50 1888 323.575 88.463 2300.038
Table 2: Data of forces on a recumbent
Jumping
powered
Hopping
powered
Walking
powered
Zorb
ball
Upright
bike
Recumbent
bike
Aerodynamics (8) 2 2 2 1 3 5
Weight (5) 4 5 1 3 4 3
Power (7) 2 1 1 2 5 4
Tyre friction (4) 5 5 5 1 4 4
Reliability (2) 2 2 1 4 4 4
Safety (3) 1 1 3 2 3 5
Ease of manufacture
(1)
1 1 1 5 4 3
Ease of use over 1
hour period (6)
1 1 4 3 4 5
Totals with weighting 84 82 84 78 140 155
7
0
500
1000
1500
2000
2500
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
Velocity (m/s)
P
o
w
e
r
(
W
)
Total power req.
Aerodynamic
Rolling Resistance
Transmission
Figure 1 shows the losses and power required for a recumbent bicycle. As vehicle velocity increases, the losses
through rolling resistance and transmission increase fairly linearly. However, the aerodynamic losses increase
proportionally as the velocity is increased, and this loss is the main contributor to the drag force on the vehicle.
The total power required to achieve a given speed is shown, and it can be seen that the relationship between
velocity and required power is not a linear one. To achieve 50m/s, the power required is around 2300W, which drops
significantly at 30m/s to around 550W. This means that for each m/s increase in velocity we are to achieve with our
recumbent, we must take into account that the power requirements will be increasing more and more.
As figure 1 shows, the aerodynamic drag is the greatest contributor to overall drag, reducing it is of great
importance. A good recumbent design with a fairing can help to reduce this loss by minimising the frontal area. In our
design, we need to reduce this loss further, through a more aerodynamic fairing which would result in less separation
and pressure drag at the rear of the recumbent.
Figure 1 also shows that the rolling resistance loss has a fairly significant effect on performance, with around
300W of the rider power needed to overcome this at 50m/s. This is an area which must be analysed in our design in
order to reduce this loss.
Transmission loss is the other main area where energy loss occurs; this refers to energy lost largely in the chain
and gear mechanism. This will be reduced by investigating into the most efficient bearings that can be fitted, and also
a more efficient system of power delivery, using a shorter chain, in our recumbent.
3.1 Effects of design changes on performance
The current onehour record is 53.43 miles (85.987km). If we assume that the acceleration from rest up to the
cruising speed will take approximately 30 seconds, the cruising speed for the current design can be approximated as
55mph. Our design has been based on achieving a steady speed of 60mph. This will comfortably break the hour
record even if the losses have been slightly underestimated in our calculations.
To see the effect that the implemented changes will have on the performance of the recumbent, a formula has
been set up so that the changes are easily visible. For the calculations, the effects will be analysed at the cruising
velocity since this is the speed the recumbent will be travelling at for the majority of the onehour record attempt. This
cruising velocity is assumed to be 60mph, which correlates to 26.82m/s.
Figure 1: Forces on a recumbent
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Velocity
(m/s)
Aerodynamic
Drag, F
D
Rolling Resistance,
F
RR
Rider
force,
F
RID
Transmission
loss ()
Required
rider power
(W)
Traditional
highspeed
recumbent
26.82 10.86 4.15 15.02 0.60 418.89
10% Less
frontal area
26.82 9.78 4.15 13.93 0.56 388.59
Reduce C
RRS
,
C
RRD
10%
26.82 10.86 3.74 14.60 0.58 407.31
Reduce Mass
10%
26.82 10.86 4.01 14.87 0.59 414.79
Reduce
Transmission
loss 10%
26.82 10.86 4.15 15.02 0.54 417.28
Implement all 26.82 9.78 3.61 13.38 0.48 371.87
Table 3: A table showing which features are the most critical to increasing the efficiency of the recumbent bike
Table 3 shows that reducing the frontal area of our recumbent has the greatest effect on lowering the required rider
power. At the cruising velocity, the drag force is the largest opposing force, so reducing this has the biggest effect on
performance. A more streamlined rider position will enable us to have a smaller frontal area. This will be achieved by
making the riders seat position angled closer to the horizontal, so that the fairing to encompass him will be smaller.
It can be seen that reducing the rolling resistance coefficients has a significant effect on the power requirements
of the recumbent. They can be reduced by ensuring that the wheels are as low friction as possible, through using
smoother, high pressure tyres.
The mass reduction appears to have a small effect on the power required to maintain the speed of the recumbent.
In actual fact, the effect of mass will be greater since there is an inertia force produced during acceleration which
affects the performance. Since the inertial loss has also been reduced, this will reduce the time taken for the recumbent
to accelerate up to the cruising speed. Reducing the mass of the vehicle therefore has the combined effect of reducing
the rolling resistance as well as reducing the inertial loss
The transmission efficiency for a bicycle is already very high, around 96%, so the transmission loss is very small
in comparison to the other forces involved. Bicycle gears and bearings are highly efficient, so increasing their
efficiency only has a small effect on performance.
Implementing all of these changes reduces the required power to maintain the cruising velocity by 12.6%, which
will have a significant effect on our performance, and will possibly enable us to break the record. The required power
of 371.87 W is realistic, as it has been found that a top athlete can achieve a maximum power of around 400W. It
would therefore be possible for an elite athlete to achieve the cruising velocity stated for the duration of the attempt.
4.0 Recumbent bike components
4.1 Tyres and wheels
An important feature of the recumbent bike is the wheels. They provide a
large resistive force in terms of rolling resistance, and also contribute to the
aerodynamic drag. Rolling resistance is one of the major factors contributing
to the losses of a recumbent, making up around 15% of the losses at high
speeds.
2
2
1
v A C
D
RRD RRS
VC mgC 2 +
RID
F 04 . 0
RR D
F F + ) ( q +
RID
F V
R F
RR
mg
F
Figure 2: Diagram to show the forces exerted
on the wheels
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This force must therefore be minimised in our design if we are to break the onehour record, so the different options
available to the team must be analysed. Figure 2 shows a simplified version of the forces on the wheels;
Rolling resistance
The rolling resistance is the mechanical friction generated between the tyre and the road as it rolls. This force opposes
that of the propelling force produced by the rider. In order to achieve optimum speeds, this rolling resistance must be
reduced as much as possible.
The fundamental equation for rolling resistance is defined as;
RRD RRS RR
VC mgC F 2 + = (2)
The equation shows that the rolling resistance is influenced by vehicle velocity, weight and coefficients of rolling
resistance. The static coefficient, C
RRS
, is based on the tyre pressure and smoothness, and the dynamic coefficient,
C
RRD
, is based on the speed. If our team is to achieve optimum speeds, the weight and the frictional coefficients
therefore need to be lowered.
This can be achieved in our design by utilising;
 Smooth high pressure tyres
 Big wheels
 Latex inner tubes
 Good quality road surface
Tyres
Theoretically, the highest tyre pressure that can be attained is desirable. This would give virtually no deformation of
the tyres as they are supporting the weight of the rider and recumbent. Tyres are cyclically loaded each time the
wheels turn through one rotation, as they bear the weight of the rider and the recumbent. Energy loss occurs as the
tyres are deformed, as transformation of mechanical into thermal energy occurs. However, this high desired tyre
pressure must be tradedoff with the need for safety, so that the tyres will not suffer a blow out during the hour in
which the recumbent is being ridden. Track racing tires can typically be inflated up to c.14 bar
[2]
.
The tyre properties should also be as consistent as possible, and hence be predictable to the rider.
Tubular tyres should be used. They give a greater weight reduction compared to the
traditional clincher type. The tyres are required to be very firm, so less energy is dissipated as
heat in deforming the tyre. Smooth tread on the tyres will reduce the rolling resistance with
the road. Using a laser machining technique to produce the tyres for our recumbent could
produce an extremely smooth surface down to a molecular level.
Clincher and tubular rims
The tubular and clincher rims are shown in figures 4 and 5. It illustrates the advantage of the tubular design, which has
a very simple lightweight boxsection rim, rather than the heavier Ushaped clincher rim.
Figure 3: A tubular tyre
Figure 4: Clincher rim Figure 5: Tubular rim
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The wheelbase of our recumbent is important to its performance. Short or long wheelbase designs differ in the
position of the front wheel in relation to the cranks. Our design will use a shortwheelbase, where the pedals are out
ahead of the front wheel. The high foot position provides an aerodynamic shape, and due to the position of the pedals,
more power is transferred through the drive train.
This rider position, with the pedals located as shown, will enable us to make our design front wheel driven. This
is advantageous, since traditional designs have been rear wheel driven, leading to the need for a long, heavy chain.
This has been explored in the section on gears.
Figure 6: Short wheelbase design
A 10% reduction in the rolling resistance leads to a 10% longer braking distance on a wet road. This increase in
braking distance can be ignored in our design, however, since we are only attempting the record once, and there is a
long distance for the recumbent to slow and come to rest in.
Size of the wheel
It is clear that larger wheels will increase the performance of the recumbent, as the same effort from the cranks will
result in a longer distance covered per rotation of the wheel. Making the wheels as large as possible however would
not optimize performance, since increasing the wheel size has negative consequences of increased apparent area and
weight. A balance must therefore be struck. The higher the weight of the wheel, the harder the rider has to work to
turn the wheel. Typical racing tyres are 700mm in diameter, since this size provides an optimum balance. This is the
wheel size we will use in our design.
Rolling resistance increases in near proportion as wheel diameter is decreased for a given constant inflation pressure
[3]
Wheel mass
The mass of our wheels is important, since the rider must provide more power to ride a bike with heavier wheels. The
additional power required is proportional to the additional weight during accelerations. Heavier wheels also have an
increased rolling resistance. Weight reduction in our wheels could be achieved through;
 Straight pull, high tension spokes, enabling reduced spoke counts
 Lightweight rims sections and materials
 Lightweight spokes
 Halfdiscs on wheels only on the outermost exposed section
Rotational inertia
A rider must provide more power for wheels with a greater moment of inertia (MOI). The moment of inertia applies to
the wheels, since they rotate as well as tranlate as the recumbent moves. Lowering the MOI means the wheels will
accelerate more quickly and with less effort.
Mass situated a large distance from the axis of rotation of the wheel increases the rotating inertia. Since the rims are
the outermost section of the wheels, it is these that have the greatest effect on rotational inertia. The wheel rim must
therefore be of reduced weight. Tubular tyres could achieve this in our recument, as they use a very lightweight simple
boxsection rim, thus helping to reduce rotational inertia.
Other features, such as the halfdiscs we use, and the spoke nipples must be as lightweight as possible to reduce the
MOI. Locating the spoke nipples at the hub rather than at the rims could also reduce the MOI in our design.
Moment of inertia, I, is calculated from;
2
i i
r m I E =
(3)
This gives the power required in terms of the linear velocity and acceleration as;
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v a
r
I
P =
2 (4)
Equivalent mass
The equivalent mass is a combination of the mass and moment of inertia of the wheels. It enables a comparison
between weights of rotating and nonrotating bicycle components, such as wheels versus a frame. It also enables a
better comparison between various wheel sets that may have similar masses, but different MOI. The effect of
equivalent mass on performance is that a rider must provide more power to accelerate wheels with a greater equivalent
mass. The additional power requirement is proportional to the additional equivalent mass during accelerations
[4]
.
2
r I m m
eq
+ =
(5)
The stiffness of the wheels is an important property, as large deflections will result in energy losses and reduce the
efficiency of the bike. Stiffness can affect our wheels performance by three methodologies;
Torsional stiffness prevents any deflection in the wheels with each fluctuation in the crank torque.
T = kt * q (6)
Lateral stiffness flexing of the wheel due to side loads from events such as sprinting or cornering.
F = kl * x (7)
Radial stiffness wheels subjected to radial loads due to weight of the rider. Greater radial stiffness will result in a
harsher ride, while those with lower radial stiffness will flex more and absorb shock loads better.
[5]
K = E*A/L (8)
Materials of the wheels
Moulded carbon fibre rims
Rubber tyres
Thin Kevlar layer between the tyre casting and the outer tread provides excellent puncture resistance.
Titanium spokes
Our recumbent design is to be front wheel driven, so as our rear wheel is not driving the recumbent, reduced spoke
counts can be used, which will provide less weight. The spokes traditionally must transmit the torque applied to the
rear hub by the drivechain out to the rim. This is not the case with our rear wheel, and it will be essentially free
wheeling. In order for the wheel to remain true and straight, the spoke tension must be equal and appropriate to give
the wheel enough strength.
3.2 Bearings
Bearings are extremely common devices used to reduce the level of friction between two surfaces. The motion
between the two surfaces is usually rotary or linear. Bearings are broadly classed by their shape or by the type of
motion they allow and in this section, Glide by Icicle will consider all the available options and materials to try and
make the recumbent bike parts rotate as freely as possible.
There are numerous places where the recumbent bike which will need a bearing type device to reduce friction
between the surfaces. These places in the front and rear hubs, the bottom bracket, the pedals and we may also need to
consider the fork tube and the freewheel
[6]
. This will depend on our steering mechanism and whether we will need to
incorporate a freewheel as this allows the pedal cranks to turn independent of the wheels. But if we are going for a
world record, will they be constant pedal power applied? If so then is there any need for a freewheel?
There are four commonly used, feasible shapes for bearings. Each shape has its own advantages and
disadvantages. The four variations of bearing are the ball bearing, the roller bearing, the tapered roller bearing and the
spherical roller bearing
[7]
.
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3.2.1 Bearings in a recumbent bike
The front and rear hubs are situated by the points indicated in
figure 7 as A and B along with the significant loads.
To calculate the maximum force upon the bearings
present in the front and rear hub we need to consider the
external load. The mass of the rider can be assumed to be 80
kg and the mass of the bike to be 18 kg giving a total mass of
98 kg. Therefore the applied load is;
N mg F 961 81 . 9 98 = = = (9)
Using = 0 u we get;
N mg F 1922 0 cos 961 961 cos F
max
= + = + = u (10)
The way these forces interact with the bearings can be seen in
figure 8. Since there are two tyres, and two sets of bearings per
tyre, the force on each set of bearing is 480.1N. This load is
distributed amongst the bearings within the bearing case. The
way the load is distributed depends on a number of factors.
One factor is the centrifugal force, Glide by Icycles is
expecting to make the recumbent bike travel at around 90
km/h which will create such force upon the bearings, values of which can be seen in table A13.
From table A13, it can be seen that the largest centrifugal
force we calculate is slightly above 1 N. This is tiny compared
to the overall forces so we can safely neglect the effects of
gyroscopic motion and centrifugal force from our load
distribution calculation.
Next, Glide by Icicle has to decide on the clearance value to
use. Clearance present in roller bearings allows for some
manufacturing imperfections, a small amount of deflection under
load and thermal expansion. But with greater clearance comes
increased rock and instability. By using a low clearance value,
it will allow the lubricant to make a thin film between the roller
bearing and housing. Also, less energy will be lost by vibration
and noise, removing these will allow the recumbent bike to
travel more efficiently
[7]
. However, disadvantages include
having the possibility of having a substantial amount of heat
buildup reducing fatigue life. The bearings will not be revolving
at incredible speed therefore not much heat will be generated and
the bearings only need to last an hour therefore, these
disadvantages do not pose a great problem and so the value of
0.3 mm seems ideal.
[8].
Now the factors affecting load
distribution have been considered, the maximum roller bearings
load can be calculated.
The maximum rolling element load is calculated from equation (11).
( ) c
r
ZJ
F
Q =
0
(11)
mg F
n
/2
A
B
F
n
/2
m = mass of bike + rider
F
n
= Normal contact force
= Angle of incline
A = P o s i t i o n o f f r o n t h u b
B = P o s i t i o n o f r e a r h u b
Figure 7: An analytical diagram of recumbent bike
Forks
Central
axle
Spokes
Normal
force
Force from
total mass
Bearings
Figure 8: Free body diagram of a bicycle hub
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Using the clearance value of 0.3 mm and the maximum
deflection approximated to be 1/30
th
of the bearing diameter in
small diameter bearings. We can calculate for a 3 mm bearing;
2 . 0
3 . 0 1 . 0 2
3 . 0
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
max
= 
.

\

+
=


.

\

+ c
=
r
r
u
u
c (12)
This value of 0.2 equates to a value of 0.1590 for ( ) c
r
J which can be
seen from table A14. Inputting this value into equation (11), we can
calculate the maximum rolling element load, Q
0
. Where Z is the
number of rolling elements per row and can be approximated from
equation (13).
( )
Z
D
D D
=
+
1
2 1
t
(13)
With Q
0,
we can calculate the maximum contact pressure from formulas (A1), (A2), (A3) and (A4) found in the
appendix, which are based on spheres, point contact. These calculations are then inputted into a spreadsheet to quickly
find the optimum values. The resulting tables can be seen in the appendix. The results for the front and rear hubs as
discussed can be found in tables A1, A2 and A3.
4.2.3 Bearing Conclusion
Table A2 shows the maximum contact pressure, for an ideally sized steel bearing being of acceptable value therefore,
the higher friction but lower contact pressure type roller bearings such as the roller bearing, tapered roller bearing and
spherical roller bearing can all be neglected as these will not provide advantageous properties to a high speed
recumbent bike.
It is possible to see from tables A1, A2 and A3, the effect of changing the radius of the roller bearings and
wheel axle aswell as the material of these two components. The columns highlighted in yellow are the columns are the
columns being investigated whilst the rows highlighted in green highlights the value that is assumed to be the best
value for the task involved.
An ideal ball bearing would be as small as possible as smaller bearings deform less and therefore have smaller
energy losses. It would also be ideal to have a small as possible contact pressure. However, small contact pressures are
generally seen in large bearings so a compromise has to be made. Table A1 shows the radial value of 18 mm to be the
most appropriate value. This is when the contact pressures start to converge and it is also small enough to make an
efficient bearing. Similarly in table A2, the radius of the wheel axle of 50 mm, was decided upon by a similar method,
but with also considering the large increase in thrust loads that appears with larger axles due to a greater moment.
Table A3 provides a very narrow view of how the material affects the performance of a bearing. Table A3
shows the maximum contact force for such material and then further research has to be done of the material to see if
the material has the strength and properties to withstand such loads and provide smooth friction free motion. After
much research, Glide by Icicle came to the conclusion that hardened steel bearings with the axle layered with ultra
high molecular weight polyethylene (referred to as UHMWPE from here on in) would provide the best properties for
the bearings in the front and rear hubs. This was concluded because hardened steel with UHMWPE exhibits a very
low coefficient of friction of 0.2. Different materials are used because similar materials are prone to sticking due to
adhesion forces and bonding.
Ball
Bearings
F
D
1
Central
axle
Hub
housing
D
2
Q
0
Q
1
Q
1
Q
2
Q
2
Figure 9: A free body diagram showing the load
distribution in a wheel hub
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UHMWPE Hardened Steel
 Extremely resistant to abrasion  Extremely hard
 Very tough  Brittle and is difficult to deform
 Extremely low coefficient of friction  High melting temperature
 Highest impact strength of any thermoplastic  High impact strength
 Self lubricating  Can be machined to high tolerances
 Highly resistant to corrosive materials  Extremely resistant to abrasion
 Low moisture absorption
 Under high contact pressure, UHMWPE possesses
a selfrepairing ability
[9]
Table 4: Table showing the properties of UHMWPE and Hardened Steel
For the remaining bearings on the recumbent bike, the exact same methodology was undertaken. The results to these
can be seen in tables A1A9 found in the appendix whilst the final sizes and materials can be seen below in table 5.
4.3 Powertrain
4.3.1 Options for the powertrain
The main options available to the team are;
Chain and sprocket chain drives a sprocket attached to the front or rear wheel. The efficiency of a chain and
sprocket system is usually over 99%.
[10]
Gear cogs Achieved by mounting a cog to the front fork, which is then driven directly by the pedals. This then
drives another gear cog, which is attached to, and drives the front wheel. Limitations are that it is restricted to being a
singlespeed, fixed gear system, which may not be able to produce the desired acceleration. Another problem is that in
order to pedal forwards, an idler gear would need to be inserted, decreasing the efficiency of the transmission.
Planetary gears similar mechanism to gear cogs on bicycles, providing a more compact system. Advantages of
this design over traditional chaindriven bicycles are that there are less frictional losses without the chain; both front
and rear wheels can be made large, decreasing rolling resistance; and there is a good channelling of force, with no
torsion.
[11]
Torque converter  The use of a torque converter would give a compromise between a fixed gear system and a
multigear system. The application of force from the belt causes it to contract and slide into a vshaped gulley
operating as a smaller cog. This small cog allows for a greater application of torque when accelerating. As top speed is
approached, the pulley begins to expand around a larger cog. This means the gear ratios vary continuously, so that it is
always producing the optimal gear ratio for the amount of torque applied to the crank, making the acceleration optimal
as the speed increases. There are also no jumps in the transmission caused by changing gear, as is the case with a
drailleur system.
Bearing
location
Applied
load, F R
bearing
R
axle
Clearance
(mm) Material
Hubs
480.1 0.0018 0.05
0.3 Hardened steel bearings w/ UHMWPE axle
Forks 30 0.001 0.015 0.3 Hardened steel bearings w/ UHMWPE axle
Bottom
Bracket
230.1 0.001 0.03
0.3 Hardened steel bearings w/ UHMWPE axle
Pedal
180.1 0.0015 0.015
0.3 Hardened steel bearings w/ UHMWPE axle
Flywheel N/A N/A N/A 0.3 N/A
Table 5: Final bearing sizes and materials
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4.3.2 Gear ratio selection
The procedure to determine an optimal gear ratio is given by:
Figure 10 Procedure for determining the optimum gear ratio for a bicycle
For our design, the slope gradient can be assumed to be zero, as the competition will take place on flat ground. The
desired cruising velocity, in top gear, is determined by the currently existing record of 53.07 miles in one hour.
Allowing for the time taken to accelerate up to this top speed, a cruising velocity of approximately 60mph should be
appropriate. A driving wheel diameter of 700mm has been found to be optimal, so the rotational velocity for this size
of wheel at this velocity is:
35 . 0
8 . 26
= = =
r
v
r v e e (14)
rpm rads 5 . 731 6 . 76
1
= =
e
Davison, England, Vandy and De Leener found that for a race of an hour duration (albeit on an ordinary bike, on a
track), the optimum crank speed was 116 rpm.
[10]
Therefore, a top gear ratio of 1:6.3 (i.e. One turn of the pedal
produces 6.3 turns of the driving wheel) would be appropriate.
4.3.3 Powertrain Conclusion
Each of the power transmission systems reviewed here has a number of advantages and disadvantages, none of them
being a perfect solution. Considering this, however, I would recommend that a front wheel drive mounted torque
converter be used. Front wheel drive offers the advantage of increased efficiency over a rear wheel drive system, due
to the shorter pulley distance and associated increase in pulley tension, as well as decreasing the weight of the
transmission. Mounting the pedals and crank on the front fork has been successful in previous designs, and the
reduction in cornering ability this causes would not affect the bicycle's performance on a wide oval track. The use of a
torque converter also allows the optimal gear ratio to be used throughout the acceleration of the bicycle, and much
smoother acceleration than a drailleur system. This compares well to the singlegear system that is defined by many
of these systems, where the acceleration of the bicycle will be poor, ultimately reducing the distance travelled in an
hour. In a competition where races can be won, and records set, by a few seconds or less, this improvement in
acceleration may mean the difference between winning and losing.
4.4 Bicycle brakes
There are many types of brake have been invented to improve the stopping power and safety of a bicycle. The main
types are:
Rim brake  works by applying the force to the brake pads using the lever mounted on the handlebar and this
causes the pads to contact and apply friction to the rim of the wheel.
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Drum brake  works by applying the force on the brake pads in the drum and the brake pads will press outward
against the inside of the drum. The drum brake has complicated components built in the hubs shell and it has lower
braking power compared to the rim brake.
Disc brake  consists of a metal disc attached to the hub of the wheel and the callipers attached to the frame of the
bicycle. The callipers actuate the brake pads to squeeze on the metal disc to apply the braking force.
4.4.1 Selection of brake for recumbent
bike
The need for braking in a recumbent bike built for
competition is less compared to the other bike
disciplines such as mountain biking. However, the
brake is still essential to provide safety. For this
project, the rim brake is recommended because it is
lightweight and provides adequate braking power.
4.4.2 Brake balance
The brake balance is a relationship between the vertical forces on the front and rear tyres of the recumbent bike with
the torques applied by the brakes at both sides. Normally for the bicycle, most of the braking power comes from the
front wheel. If the front wheel brake is too strong, the normal bicycle would have a tendency to flip over. The
recumbent bike has a long wheelbase and very low seating position so it has a very low centre of gravity. It is
impossible to flip over but the strong front brake can cause the front wheel to skid and lose the balance. On the other
hand, if the rear brake is too strong, the rear wheel will tend to deviate to the side.
The normal force of a normal bicycle with a wheelbase L and a centre of mass halfway between the wheels at the
height h, with the both wheels locked can be analysed using the following equations:

.

\

+ =
L
h
mg F
2
1
1

.

\

=
L
h
mg F
2
1
2 , where is the coefficient of friction, m is the mass and g is the
acceleration of gravity
[12]
. When the h/L is greater than , the normal force on rear tyre will have a negative value
Figure 12: Free body diagram of the forces on a bike during braking
Figure 11: Example of the mechanism of rim brake
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and can cause the bicycle to flip over. For the recumbent bike, the height of centre of mass is usually less than half of
the wheelbase. The front wheel will skid and can cause the instability.
The optimum braking can be achieved when the brake torque distribution matches the dynamic weight distribution
[13]
.
The dynamic weight distribution can be calculated using the equation:
fs
CG t
df
W D
Wb
Ht W
W +
= [8] (15)
4.5 Breathing
A streamlined fairing on human powered vehicle provides greater impact on the performance because of less air
turbulence when moving through air. But, such a compact fairing can make breathing harder. One suggestion to
overcome this would be making ventilation into the inside of the fairing. Ventilation into the bicycle also helps cool
down the body. However, this will cause drag so any ventilation should be controlled carefully.
Another suggestion would be providing the rider with breathing apparatus, where the tubes would provide
breathing and also a water supply. Through using an oxygen tank, the breathing apparatus could be designed to
provide the rider with a higher volume of oxygen in the air breathed in. This would to help optimise the riders
performance, but should be weighed up with the negative consequences of the additional weight of the tank.
4.6 Riders Position
There are two main body position that can be considered for the design; prone and supine position. These two
positions have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Prone position is the position that involves the rider to lie flat on their chest.
The prone position does not imply any problem with regards to breathing, as long as the body is supported at the
shoulders and hips. Forehead support should also be used instead of chin support
[14]
.
Supine position is the opposite of prone, where the rider is lying on his back. This position is the more natural and
more comfortable compared to the prone position.
The average power output is greatest in the 130 and 140 range of body configuration angle (BCA)
[15]
, (see figure
14).
Figure 14: Illustration of body configuration angle
In order to decide which rider position is the best for this project, a weighted matrix analysis is performed. The
analysis is based on several criteria, which can be seen in Appendix B1:
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The matrix is constructed with each criteria given the rank of 15. (1 being the worst, 5 being the best)
Criteria Supine Position Prone Position
Aerodynamics (x7) 5 5
Riders comfort (x6) 5 3
Efficiency (x5) 5 4
Steering (x4) 5 4
Stability (x3) 5 4
Feasibility to design frame (x2) 3 5
Cost (x1) 3 4
total 134 115
Table 16: Weighted matrix analysis to choose the rider position
From table 16, the supine position scored more marks compared to the prone position. Therefore, supine position will
be used to design the frame of the bike. However, having the rider to lie completely flat on his back will not allow for
maximum power output. Therefore the rider should be in supine position with 130140body configuration angle.
4.7 Seating
Being decided on the type of riders position, we now come to the part to designing the seat. Several options can be
considered, however only two most feasible options will be presented here: 
 Hanging body
o This can be done by chaining the rider to the frame of the bicycle. This will require an extra
horizontal pole in the frame
 Traditional seating
o This is a meshed seat like most of other recumbent bicycle.
These two options are compared in a table below, where the advantages and disadvantages are discussed.
Seating Options Advantages Disadvantages
Hanging body Less weight Uncomfortable
Less power output
Traditional seat Comfortable
Higher power output
Heavier
Table 17: table showing the advantages and disadvantages of both seating options
From table 17, hanging body has the advantage of less weight compared to the traditional seat. However, this might
not be the case since a horizontal pole has to be added to the frame to do this. This addition might be even heavier than
the meshed seat, since it has to be able to support the forces without failing. To validate this, a finite element analysis
is done. The result of the test is shown in Appendix B2.
It is also stated in the disadvantages column that the hanging body option might produce less output power. This is
because the hanging body option does not have a back support for the rider, which will not be able to stabilize him
while riding.
After careful consideration and discussion, the group agreed to choose traditional style seat to be build into our
recumbent bicycle. This is based on the feasibility of the design, the comfort of the rider and also the total weight of
the bike.
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4.8 Steering
When it comes to steering, there are two main categories in a recumbent bicycle. The categories are: 
Under Seat Steering (USS)
[16]
An under seat steering is where the steering is under the seat, as in
Figure 15.
Under seat steering is usually indirect, which means the bars link to
the headset through a system of rods and pivots. USS has a more
natural hands position that has the advantage of giving less strain
on the riders hands.
Over Seat Steering (OSS)
[17]
OSS is generally direct, where the handlebars act directly on the front
fork as in the figure above. Over seat steering has the advantage of
allowing for a lower rider position design. However, this can also be
achieved using the USS, but slightly harder. Compared to USS, over
seat steering impose more strains on hands, and for a ride of over one
hour, this factor has a huge impact.
For our design, we have decided to adapt the under seat steering
(USS). However, we did not intend to use the complicated design of
using system of rods and pivots. The steering will simply comprise of
a handlebar on each side of the front fork, which will extend to the
riders seat.
4.9 Frame design
Material selections
The frame of recumbent bike is built using the tubes welded together. There are two materials that we consider. These
materials are selected based on:
 High modulus of elasticity
 Low weight
 High yield strength
 High fatigue strength, good enough for the frame to run at full speed to finish the race
There are many materials available to choose from and we have decided to consider aluminium alloys and steel alloys
for our recumbent bike. Steels have better strength compared to aluminium alloys, but they are much heavier.
Therefore, we have to find the best material to fit our specifications. There are actually many types of aluminium
alloys or steel alloys from 1000 series to 7000 series. The specific series of the alloys were analysed and the best
option selected. The materials are:
Aluminium 2090T83 AISI Steel 4130
Modulus of elasticity, GPa 75.8 205
Density, kg/m
3
2590.8 7861
Poisson ratio 0.34 0.29
Yield strength, MPa 520 460
Table 18: mechanical properties of the materials
Figure 16: recumbent bike with over seat steering
Figure 15: recumbent bike with under seat steering
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Design specifications:
 Supine position with 130 body configuration angle
 Traditional seating
 Under seat steering
 Torque converter
 Front wheel drive
 Safety Factor of 2
 Maximum deflection of 3mm
 Total mass of the frame 5 kg
Geometry of the frame
Based on the design specifications above, the sketch of the frame is as followed:
Figure 17: sketch of the frame
The frame is based on the triangulated frame system with front wheel driven.
Forces
We are considering 2 main forces acting on the frame. They are riders weight and pedalling force.
Riders weight:
 The riders weight is approximated to be around 80kg maximum.
 The weight is distributed on the bar where the seat is located and acting vertically downward.
 The weight will be multiplied by a factor of 3 in order to approximate the dynamic loading on the frame
[18]
.
Pedalling force:
 The power required is approximated to be 400W with the maximum speed of 60mph on the wheel as what
has been analysed in the Section 3.1.
 The pedalling force is calculated and approximated to be around 626.4N
Modelling in finite element analysis
The frame is modelled using lines and the element used is beam3 type. Using this type of element, the structure is
assumed to be constructed from the tubes with different cross sectional areas at different parts.
The area moment of inertia is calculated using the following equation:
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( )
4 4
4
r R I
o
=
t
, where R is the outer radius and r is the inner radius of the tube. This is the equation for hollow
cylinder.
Result of finite element analysis is shown below:
Aluminium 2090T83 AISI Steel 4130
Maximum deflection, mm 2.436 0.900
Total mass of the frame, kg 3.25 9.87
Safety Factor 113.6 100.5
Table 19: comparison of finite element results for both materials
In the table, the results show that aluminium alloy still meets the design specification while steel has exceeded the
mass limit of the frame. So, we decided to use aluminium 2090T83.
Aluminium 2090T83
 Number of elements = 89
Figure 18: stresses and deflection on the frame
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AISI Steel 4130
Figure 19: stresses and deflection on the frame
4.10 Aerodynamics
Our goal is to break the one hour distance record for a human powered vehicle and therefore aerodynamics is of the up
most importance. The design should primarily focus around a recumbent speed bike where compromises will be made
to reduce the weight and increase the streamlining. This is because the cross sectional area of a recumbent bike is far
less then that of an upright bike. Reducing the cross sectional area will directly reduce the effects of drag and therefore
greater speeds can be obtained by the same application of power.
It has also been proved that the position of the rider on a recumbent cycle can generate more power then an upright
due to the rider being able to push back into the seat.
[10]
Our bike design will include a fairing also. This is an
outer shell that will enclose the bike and the rider in
order to dramatically reduce the effect of drag. Recent
studies have found that the use of a highly streamlined
fairing can in fact reduce the drag by an average of
41.3% over a rider on an upright bike in the tuck position
[19]
.
It can also be said that a rider would not be able to
sustain a tucked position for the one hour duration
comfortably, therefore there is a massive 73.4% drag
reduction from a rider on an upright bike in an upright
position over that of a highly streamlined recumbent.
(41.3% over a tuck position and 32.1 over an upright
position)
[20]
Figure 20  Showing approximately a 40% reduction in
cross sectional area for a recumbent bike.
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4.10.1 Drag
As a body moves through a fluid it experiences a drag force due to the viscosity of that fluid, in our case air. There are
two components to this, viscous drag and pressure drag.
Viscous drag comes from the interaction between the fluid and the surfaces over which it is flowing causing friction.
This is because of the no slip condition where the air at the surface has a velocity component parallel to the surface of
zero. The velocity of the air flow does increase rapidly with distance away from the surface. See fig 21
In our fairing design it can be said that the flow passing over the body is laminar. This means the air behaves like a
stack of flat sheets sliding over each other from zero velocity at the wall (or fairing) to the maximum velocity some
distance away. This occurs because the adjacent air molecules between each pair of sheets collide so that the sheet
above is slowed down by the sheet below; this causes friction and thus creates viscous drag. For our recumbent bike
the viscous drag will dominate the reduction in speed as the body will be streamlined and thus
pressure drag influences of eddy currents shall be minimised.
The fairing that encloses the rider and bike will be smooth
with the fluid spending more time passing over the shell then
separating at its rear. This streamlined design will reduce the
viscous drag coefficient for the bike and thus increase its
velocity for the same application of power.
Pressure drag comes from turbulence or eddy currents that
are created within the fluid by the passing of the bike. As
our fairing design will be smooth and tear shaped there will
be no pressure drag effects over the fairing, only at its rear
where the flow separates from the surface.
This is because for one to minimise the pressure drag it is
important to keep the air flow attached to the fairing for as
long as possible. As the flow accelerates over the front of the
fairing due to the increasing cross sectional area thus
distance travelled, this produces a reduction in pressure due
to Bernoullis relationship.
So air flowing from high to low pressure produces a favourable pressure gradient and separation is unlikely unless
there is a bump or discontinuity over the fairings coating, therefore only viscous drag is present here. As discussed
earlier the main contribution to pressure drag comes from the separation of air from the fairing at the rear of the bike.
It occurs at the rear because the air slows down as it flows and thus the pressure over the rear section increases due to
Bernoullis relationship once more, causing an undesirable pressure relationship thus a separation point were the
boundary layer becomes turbulent.
A turbulent boundary layer is characterised by being considerably thicker then the laminar one. There is a mean
velocity profile and eddy currents are created causing a wake and thus pressure drag is created. See fig 22 below.
X
Max Velocity
V=0m/s at the wall
Figure 21  showing how the parabolic flow velocity
varies with distance from the wall
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Figure 22  Showing the development of the boundary layer on the fairing surface
[21]
The way to avoid this is to reduce the air speed, thus increasing the pressure as gradually as possible, this will send the
energy from the air flow into the boundary layer at a high enough rate to reduce or even prevent separation occurring.
However this causes the boundary layer to thicken and again increases the viscous drag. So the idea is to reduce the
cross sectional thickness as gradually as possible in order to increase pressure as gradually also.
This can also be seen by referring to fig #4 showing the flow patterns over a smooth cylinder. It can be seen that at
higher Reynolds numbers (i.e. high velocity) the flow will separate from the rear of the sphere and thus increase
pressure drag due to the separation of the boundary layer at this point. Note how in A there is no separation because
the Reynolds number is so small.
Also when studying bodies not of a cylindrical shape it can be seen that the higher the angle of attack open to the
oncoming flow the higher the pressure drag and thus higher the drag coefficient. This is due to a higher undesirable
pressure gradient and thus sooner separation of the flow.
Figure 23  Flow patterns for flow over a cylinder: (A) Reynolds number =
0.2; (B) 12; (C) 120; (D) 30,000; (E) 500,000.
[21]
1
1Negative static pressure
2Positice static pressure
3Stagnation point
4Velocity vector
5Laminar boundary layer
6Transition point
7Turbulent boundary layer
8 Streamline
9Seperation point
10Seperated flow
11Wake
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It is therefore of the up most importance that our design focuses on having a minimal cross sectional area, angle of
attack and separation point at the rear keeping the flow attached for as long as possible, thus reducing pressure drag by
reducing the size of the fluid wake behind the bike as it moves. The best shape in order to fulfil all the desired
attributes above is the teardrop shape. It is able to exploit the benefits of a laminar boundary layer, has a smooth
continues surface and also a gradually reducing cross sectional area. Fig 24 shows the typical values for the drag
coefficient obtained from this tear shaped geometry.
Figure 24  showing the variation of drag coefficient with fitness ratio l/d for the tear drop shape
The fineness ratio is a ratio specifically applicable to this shape and describes the maximum length divided by the
maximum diameter and is said to yield the minimum drag when the length is approx 3 times that of the diameter
[21]
,
increasing the length decreases the pressure drag caused by eddys or wake at the rear. Now our total fairing length is
2.75m so in theory a cross sectional area of 1.1m would yield the best results for this shape. However as our fairing
encloses a recumbent cycle that is much longer then it is wide therefore this shape can be modified in order to further
reduce the drag co efficient. Our group decided that 60cm in width would be the thinnest possible option as this would
be the width of the driver. If the fineness ration was adapted for this width the resulting length giving a fineness ratio
of 2.5 and thus the lowest drag coefficient possible would be 1.5m. Although this is not a feasible length as not only
are the wheels so large that the fairing wouldnt be able to encase them but the driver wouldnt fit either. Therefore a
compromise was struck. The rear of the fairing shall be made 1.5m long, reducing the effects of pressure drag thus
allowing all the energy from the air flow into the boundary layer at a high enough rate to reduce the separation. The
remaining 1.25m will be used for the front of the fairing allowing for a slender mid section at a width of 60cm. A
shaper tear drop shaped nose protruding to a point will be used, further reducing the drag coefficient by decreasing
the area normal to the on coming flow and therefore reducing the size of the stagnation point at the front of the fairing.
This way the combined fineness ratio is 2.29, resulting in a drag coefficient of 0.32.
In order to test this fairing shape accurately a scaled model should be made and placed within a wind tunnel although
this would take time. Another way is to model the fairing using CFD (computational fluid dynamics) and viewing the
pressure variations over the fairing. Ideally the fairing should be modelled in 3D flow however this could not be done.
Instead an aeronautical website
[23]
was consulted which allowed the user to input the dimensions of an aerofoil,
including the angle of attack and Reynolds number of 980700 (i.e. 90Km/h over the 60cm diameter at a pressure 1
atm, temperature of 20 degrees). It was then simply a case of inputting the fairing dimensions, making the aerofoil
symmetrical and running the java script to view the pressure variations over the fairing. It can be seen in figure 25 that
the pressure is fairly evenly distributed along the mid section. The pressure increases slowly at the tail allowing for the
flow to remain attached to the fairing and not become turbulent.
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.
Figure 25  Showing the pressure distribution of the fairing design.
It should however be noted that the above simulation could not provide us with an accurate indication of the drag
coefficient. This is because the program was written for aerofoils and therefore would only give a drag coefficient
when an angle of attack was induced.
There is however a problem with this adapted tear drop shape shown in figure #6. As an object is placed nearer and
nearer to the ground the air no longer flows around the object in a symmetrical way due top the ground and this
increase the drag coefficients. For our design the bike will be very close to the ground in order to reduce any friction
around the exposed tyres thus the design shall be adapted to account for this. If the tear drop shape is cambered to
further look for like an aerofoil and shaped to induce more flow around and over the fairing it will allow for a lower
coefficient of drag to be achieved. Morelli
[22]
experimented with this and came up with the following graph. It shows
how the ideal tear drop shape can be adjusted in order to account for the ground clearance. It can be noted that the
greatest result achievable is when the radius from the centre line to the upper outer shell divided by the length is 0.09.
Now for our design the distance from the centre line to the upper most outer shell is calculated as:
0.6/2=0.3m radius,
0.6/2.75=0.1091
This indicates that the camber on our fairing is similar to the greatest result found and therefore the drag coefficient
can be found via figure 26 by following the dotted cambered line and calculating the relative height of ground
clearance divided by total length. The result is given to be 0.022 with a 6cm clearance and 2.75m overall fairing
length. This corresponds to a drag coefficient of 0.17. Even lower then that calculated previously, although it should
be noted that with 6cm of wheel protruding from the bottom on the fairing this value will increase.
Pressure spike
Favourable pressure
gradient
Negative pressure gradient
decreasing at a low rate
allowing for the reduction of
turbulence
Fairing Shape
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Figure 26  showing the effect of camber upon ground clearance.
The final fairing design was a combination of both the dimensions given and the ground clearance acceptable. The
wheels were encased as fully as possible by the fairing, allowing for at least 20 degrees lean of the bike to allow it to
respond to side winds without crashing.
Figure 27  showing the final fairing design for our recumbent bike.
2.75m
1.25m
0.6m
Sharpe node
reducing stagnation
point.
Enclosed wheels further
reducing drag
0.6m
0.06m
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5.0 Conclusion
The task of producing a human powered vehicle to break the DempseyMacCready hour record of 85.991Km was
proposed to our team. After deliberating over the best way to propel a vehicle to achieve a distance of over 86Km in
an hour, a recumbent cycle design was selected as the best option.
The team Glide by Icycles allocated each member of the group an important component from a recumbent
bike and studied its strengths, its weaknesses and its requirements to maximise the chances of breaking the record.
Eventually the best components which fulfilled our requirements were chosen in order to produce the most efficient,
lightweight design, giving us the best chance of achieving our aims and objectives. Below is an overview of each
component set up along with the final pro desktop and finite element designs;
Firstly the bearings were studied. Bearings were required in several places on the design. Hardened steel was
chosen to provide the best properties for the ball bearings in the front and rear hubs, with an UHMWPE coated axle.
This was mainly due to the extremely low coefficient of friction of these combined materials.
Once the bearings had been selected the tyres were investigated. It was decided that tubular tyres should be
used because they give a greater weight reduction compared to the traditional clincher type. The tyres are to be
inflated to high pressure, to ensure that there is minimal deformation and energy losses in the tyres. Very smooth tread
on the tyres is also desirable to reduce rolling resistance coefficients.
The power transmission was selected to be via a front wheel drive mounted torque converter because the front
wheel drive offered the advantage of increased efficiency over a rear wheel drive system. The use of a torque
converter also allowed the optimal gear ratio to be used throughout the acceleration of the bicycle and obtain its
maximum speed. Also the brakes were selected to be rim brakes because they provide low weight and adequate
braking power.
The supine position was decided upon as the most effective and comfortable means of positioning the driver.
However the group further researched the idea and found that the rider should be in a supine position with 130140
body configuration angle to obtain the greatest trade off between power applications, comfort and ease of use at such
speeds. The driver would also benefit from under seat steering and a traditional seat set up rather then a hanging
design.
The aerodynamic fairing was designed to enclose the whole bike and allow for greater speeds with a reduced
application of power. The final fairing design took the following shape and dimensions.
Figure 28: Final fairing design
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Figure 29: Translucent view of final fairing design
The frame was also designed to give as low a weight, coupled with as high a strength, as possible
.
Figure 30: Design of the bicycle frame
The only thing left to do now is to build and test it
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6.0 References
[1] Data from Cycle Design lecture notes, Richard Lukes. Reference (Broker, 2003)
[2] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racing_bicycle
[3] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_wheel
[4] www.canecreek.com/wheel_tech.html
[5] http://science.howstuffworks.com/bicycle2.htm
[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_bearing
[7] www.ahrinternational.com/bearing_radial_clearance_explained.htm
[8] www.engineparts.com/techbulletins/CL771205R.pdf
[9] Largescale friction and wear tests on a hybrid UHMWPEpad/primer coating combination used as bearing
element in an extremely highloaded balljoint  Tribology International,  P. Samyn, L. Van Schepdael, J.S.
Leendertz, A. Gerber, W. Van Paepegem, P. De Baets and J. Degrieck (Vol 39, No. 8, August 2006, pp.796811)
[10] Bicycling Science 3
rd
Edition D.G. Wilson The MIT Press (2004)
[11] Direct Drive (Chainless) Recumbent Bicycles Thomas Kretschmerb Human Power (No. 49, Winter 1999
2000).
[12] www.sae.orgstudentspresentationsbrakes.ppt
[13] www.sae.orgstudentspresentationsbrakes.ppt
[14,15] Project Cadence: Human Powered Vehicle Adam Christensen, Mordechai Cohen, Amoz Eckerson, John
Vesely II thesis 2003
[16,17] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recumbent_bike
[18] http://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/fea.htm
[19] Bicycle dynamics and control IEEE Control system magazine Astrom, Klein, Lennartssomn (Aug. 2005)
[20] http://www.muellerhp.com/windtunnel.htm
[21] Year one notes, Introduction to aerospace engineering, University of Liverpool, Dr D Nicolaou, 93/02/1999
[22] Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles From Fluid Dynamics to Fluid Engineering Edited by WolfHeinrich Hucho
(4
th
Edition 1998)
[23] http://www.desktopaero.com/appliedaero/airfoils1/interactiveaf.html
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7.0 Appendix
Front and Rear Hub Bearings Tables A1A3
R
bearing
R
axle
R E
1
E
2
E* a P
0
Z Q
0
0.0010 0.03 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000568 3654.40 97.34 24.661
0.0015 0.03 0.0016 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000744 3138.82 65.94 36.404
0.0018 0.03 0.0019 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000841 2923.73 55.47 43.273
0.0020 0.03 0.0021 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000902 2803.60 50.24 47.781
0.0025 0.03 0.0027 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0001048 2558.30 40.82 58.807
0.0030 0.03 0.0033 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0001185 2366.11 34.54 69.499
0.0035 0.03 0.0040 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0001314 2208.67 30.05 79.872
0.0040 0.03 0.0046 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0001439 2075.58 26.69 89.94
0.0045 0.03 0.0053 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0001559 1960.44 24.07 99.716
0.0050 0.03 0.0060 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0001675 1859.02 21.98 109.21
0.0055 0.03 0.0067 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.00017887 1768.42 20.27 118.44
Table A1: Table showing how varying the ball bearing radius affects the resulting properties for the bearings present in the front and rear hubs
R
bearing
R
axle
R E
1
E
2
E* a p
0
Z Q
0
0.0018 0.01 0.0022 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0001225 3714.58 20.58 116.6
0.0018 0.02 0.0020 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000964 3244.91 38.03 63.12
0.0018 0.03 0.0019 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000841 2923.73 55.47 43.27
0.0018 0.04 0.0019 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000764 2697.35 72.92 32.92
0.0018 0.05 0.0019 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000709 2526.98 90.36 26.57
0.0018 0.06 0.0019 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000667 2392.47 107.81 22.27
0.0018 0.07 0.0018 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000633 2282.50 125.25 19.17
0.0018 0.08 0.0018 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000606 2190.22 142.70 16.82
0.0018 0.09 0.0018 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000582 2111.21 160.14 14.99
0.0018 0.10 0.0018 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000562 2042.46 177.58 13.52
Table A2: Table showing how varying the wheel axle radius affects the resulting properties for the bearings present in the front and rear hubs
Material R
bearing
R
axle
R E
1
E
2
E* a p
m
Z Q
0
Rubber 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 5.00E+07 5.00E+07 0.3 2.49E+07 0.0011434 9.71 90.36 26.57
Low Density
Polyethylene 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 2.00E+08 2.00E+08 0.3 9.96E+07 0.0007203 24.46 90.36 26.57
Nylon 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 5.00E+09 5.00E+09 0.3 2.49E+09 0.0002463 209.14 90.36 26.57
Wood (Oak) 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 1.10E+10 1.10E+10 0.3 5.48E+09 0.0001894 353.77 90.36 26.57
Aluminium
Alloy 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 6.90E+10 6.90E+10 0.3 3.43E+10 0.0001027 1203.25 90.36 26.57
Glass 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 7.20E+10 7.20E+10 0.2 3.60E+10 0.0001011 1240.53 90.36 26.57
UHMWPE 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 6.90E+08 6.90E+08 0.3 3.43E+08 0.0004767 55.85 90.36 26.57
Titanium 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 1.10E+11 1.10E+11 0.3 5.48E+10 8.791E05 1642.04 90.36 26.57
Hardened
Steel 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 7.087E05 2526.98 90.36 26.57
Carbon
Fibre 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 3.00E+11 3.00E+11 0.3 1.49E+11 6.292E05 3205.31 90.36 26.57
Tungsten
Carbide 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 6.00E+11 6.00E+11 0.3 2.99E+11 4.994E05 5088.12 90.36 26.57
Diamond 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 1.15E+12 1.15E+12 0.3 5.72E+11 4.02E05 7850.94 90.36 26.57
Hardened
steel
bearings w/
UHMWPE 0.0018 0.05 0.0019 2.10E+11 6.90E+08 0.3 6.26E+08 0.0003902 83.35 90.36 26.57
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Table A3: Table showing how varying the wheel axle and ball bearing material radius affects the resulting properties for the
bearings present in the front and rear hubs
Bottom Bracket Bearings Tables A4A6
R
bearing
R
axle
R E
1
E
2
E* a p
0
Z Q
0
0.00050 0.04 0.0005 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000254 3343.21 254.34 4.5235
0.00075 0.04 0.0008 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000333 2902.27 170.61 6.7436
0.00100 0.04 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000404 2620.33 128.74 8.9366
0.00125 0.04 0.0013 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000468 2417.19 103.62 11.103
0.00150 0.04 0.0016 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000529 2260.31 86.87 13.243
0.00175 0.04 0.0018 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000586 2133.52 74.91 15.358
0.00200 0.04 0.0021 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000641 2027.70 65.94 17.448
0.00225 0.04 0.0024 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000694 1937.23 58.96 19.512
0.00250 0.04 0.0027 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000744 1858.45 53.38 21.553
0.00275 0.04 0.0030 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000793 1788.83 48.81 23.57
0.00300 0.04 0.0032 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000841 1726.55 45.01 25.563
Table A4: Table showing how varying the ball bearing radius affects the resulting properties for the bearings present in the bottom bracket
R
bearing
R
axle
R E
1
E
2
E* a p
0
Z Q
0
0.0010 0.01 0.0011 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000643 3851.63 34.54 33.309
0.0010 0.02 0.0011 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000509 3218.77 65.94 17.448
0.0010 0.03 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000444 2859.86 97.34 11.819
0.0010 0.04 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000404 2620.33 128.74 8.9366
0.0010 0.05 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000375 2444.79 160.14 7.1843
0.0010 0.06 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000353 2308.36 191.54 6.0066
0.0010 0.07 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000335 2198.00 222.94 5.1606
0.0010 0.08 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000320 2106.09 254.34 4.5235
0.0010 0.09 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000308 2027.83 285.74 4.0264
0.0010 0.10 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000297 1960.03 317.14 3.6277
Table A5: Table showing how varying the wheel axle radius affects the resulting properties for the bearings present in the bottom
bracket
Material R
bearing
R
axle
R E
1
E
2
E* a p
m
Z Q
0
Rubber 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 5.00E+07 5.00E+07 0.3 2.49E+07 0.0007169 10.99 97.34 11.8194
Low Density
Polyethylene 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 2.00E+08 2.00E+08 0.3 9.96E+07 0.0004516 27.68 97.34 11.8194
Nylon 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 5.00E+09 5.00E+09 0.3 2.49E+09 0.0001545 236.69 97.34 11.8194
Wood (Oak) 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 1.10E+10 1.10E+10 0.3 5.48E+09 0.0001188 400.37 97.34 11.8194
Aluminium
Alloy 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 6.90E+10 6.90E+10 0.3 3.43E+10 6.439E05 1361.75 97.34 11.8194
Glass 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 7.20E+10 7.20E+10 0.2 3.60E+10 6.342E05 1403.94 97.34 11.8194
UHMWPE
0.0010 0.03 0.0010 6.90E+08 6.90E+08 0.3 3.43E+08 0.0002989 63.21 97.34 11.8194
Titanium 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 1.10E+11 1.10E+11 0.3 5.48E+10 5.512E05 1858.35 97.34 11.8194
Steel 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 4.443E05 2859.86 97.34 11.8194
Carbon
Fibre 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 3.00E+11 3.00E+11 0.3 1.49E+11 3.945E05 3627.54 97.34 11.8194
Tungsten
Carbide 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 6.00E+11 6.00E+11 0.3 2.99E+11 3.131E05 5758.36 97.34 11.8194
Diamond 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 1.15E+12 1.15E+12 0.3 5.72E+11 2.521E05 8885.12 97.34 11.8194
Hardened
steel
bearings w/
UHMWPE 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 2.10E+11 6.90E+08 0.3 6.26E+08 0.0002447 94.33 97.34 11.8194
axle
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axle
Table A6: Table showing how varying the wheel axle and ball bearing material radius affects the resulting properties for the bearings
present in the bottom bracket
Pedal Bearings Tables A7A9
R
bearing
R
axle
R E
1
E
2
E* a p
0
Z Q
0
0.00050 0.04 0.0005 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000234 3081.03 254.34 3.5405
0.00075 0.04 0.0008 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000307 2674.67 170.61 5.2782
0.00100 0.04 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000372 2414.84 128.74 6.9947
0.00125 0.04 0.0013 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000432 2227.63 103.62 8.6904
0.00150 0.04 0.0016 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000488 2083.05 86.87 10.366
0.00175 0.04 0.0018 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000540 1966.20 74.91 12.021
0.00200 0.04 0.0021 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000591 1868.68 65.94 13.656
0.00225 0.04 0.0024 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000639 1785.31 58.96 15.272
0.00250 0.04 0.0027 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000686 1712.71 53.38 16.87
0.00275 0.04 0.0030 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000731 1648.54 48.81 18.448
0.00300 0.04 0.0032 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000775 1591.15 45.01 20.008
Table A7: Table showing how varying the ball bearing radius affects the resulting properties for the bearings present in the pedals
R
bearing
R
axle
R E
1
E
2
E* a p
0
Z Q
0
0.0015 0.005 0.0021 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0001006 3125.19 13.61 66.181
0.0015 0.010 0.0018 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000779 2941.00 24.07 37.407
0.0015 0.015 0.0017 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000678 2708.84 34.54 26.071
0.0015 0.020 0.0016 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000615 2525.79 45.01 20.008
0.0015 0.025 0.0016 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000571 2381.14 55.47 16.233
0.0015 0.030 0.0016 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000537 2263.75 65.94 13.656
0.0015 0.035 0.0016 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000510 2166.05 76.41 11.786
0.0015 0.040 0.0016 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000488 2083.05 86.87 10.366
0.0015 0.045 0.0016 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000469 2011.33 97.34 9.2511
0.0015 0.050 0.0015 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000453 1948.47 107.81 8.3529
Table A8: Table showing how varying the wheel axle radius affects the resulting properties for the bearings present in the pedal
Material R
bearing
R
axle
R E
1
E
2
E* a p
m
Z Q
0
Rubber 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 5.00E+07 5.00E+07 0.3 2.49E+07 0.001094 10.41 34.54 26.071
Low Density
Polyethylene 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 2.00E+08 2.00E+08 0.3 9.96E+07 0.0006892 26.22 34.54 26.071
Nylon 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 5.00E+09 5.00E+09 0.3 2.49E+09 0.0002357 224.19 34.54 26.071
Wood (Oak) 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 1.10E+10 1.10E+10 0.3 5.48E+09 0.0001812 379.23 34.54 26.071
Aluminium
Alloy 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 6.90E+10 6.90E+10 0.3 3.43E+10 9.826E05 1289.84 34.54 26.071
Glass 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 7.20E+10 7.20E+10 0.2 3.60E+10 9.678E05 1329.80 34.54 26.071
UHMWPE
0.0015 0.015 0.0017 6.90E+08 6.90E+08 0.3 3.43E+08 0.0004561 59.87 34.54 26.071
Titanium 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 1.10E+11 1.10E+11 0.3 5.48E+10 8.412E05 1760.21 34.54 26.071
Steel 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 6.781E05 2708.84 34.54 26.071
Carbon
Fibre 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 3.00E+11 3.00E+11 0.3 1.49E+11 6.021E05 3435.98 34.54 26.071
Tungsten
Carbide 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 6.00E+11 6.00E+11 0.3 2.99E+11 4.779E05 5454.28 34.54 26.071
Diamond 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 1.15E+12 1.15E+12 0.3 5.72E+11 3.847E05 8415.92 34.54 26.071
Hardened
steel 0.0015 0.015 0.0017 2.10E+11 6.90E+08 0.3 6.26E+08 0.0003734 89.35 34.54 26.071
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bearings w/
UHMWPE
axle
Table A9: Table showing how varying the wheel axle and ball bearing material radius affects the resulting properties for the
bearings present in the pedals
Fork Bearings Tables A10A12
Rbearing Raxle R E1 E2 E* a p0 Z Q0
0.00050 0.04 0.0005 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000129 1695.24 254.34 0.589762
0.00075 0.04 0.0008 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000169 1471.65 170.61 0.879215
0.00100 0.04 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000205 1328.69 128.74 1.165139
0.00125 0.04 0.0013 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000238 1225.68 103.62 1.447597
0.00150 0.04 0.0016 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000268 1146.14 86.87 1.726652
0.00175 0.04 0.0018 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000297 1081.84 74.91 2.002365
0.00200 0.04 0.0021 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000325 1028.18 65.94 2.274795
0.00225 0.04 0.0024 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000352 982.31 58.96 2.544002
0.00250 0.04 0.0027 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000377 942.37 53.38 2.810041
0.00275 0.04 0.0030 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000402 907.06 48.81 3.072969
0.00300 0.04 0.0032 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000426 875.48 45.01 3.33284
Table A10: Table showing how varying the ball bearing radius affects the resulting properties for the bearings present in the forks
Table A11: Table showing how varying the wheel axle radius affects the resulting properties for the bearings present in the forks
Rbearing Raxle R E1 E2 E* a p0 Z Q0
0.0010 0.005 0.0013 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000415 2209.83 18.84 7.961783
0.0010 0.010 0.0011 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000326 1953.05 34.54 4.342791
0.0010 0.015 0.0011 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000284 1766.04 50.24 2.985669
0.0010 0.020 0.0011 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000258 1632.14 65.94 2.274795
0.0010 0.025 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000239 1530.63 81.64 1.837335
0.0010 0.030 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000225 1450.15 97.34 1.54099
0.0010 0.035 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000214 1384.17 113.04 1.326964
0.0010 0.040 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000205 1328.69 128.74 1.165139
0.0010 0.045 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000197 1281.12 144.44 1.038493
0.0010 0.050 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 0.0000190 1239.68 160.14 0.93668
Rbearing Raxle R E1 E2 E* a pm Z Q0
Rubber 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 5.00E+07 5.00E+07 0.3 2.49E+07 0.000364 5.57 97.34 1.54099
Low Density
Polyethylene 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 2.00E+08 2.00E+08 0.3 9.96E+07 0.000229 14.04 97.34 1.54099
Nylon 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 5.00E+09 5.00E+09 0.3 2.49E+09 7.83E05 120.02 97.34 1.54099
Wood (Oak) 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 1.10E+10 1.10E+10 0.3 5.48E+09 6.02E05 203.01 97.34 1.54099
Aluminium
Alloy 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 6.90E+10 6.90E+10 0.3 3.43E+10 3.27E05 690.50 97.34 1.54099
Glass 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 7.20E+10 7.20E+10 0.2 3.60E+10 3.22E05 711.90 97.34 1.54099
UHMWPE 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 6.90E+08 6.90E+08 0.3 3.43E+08 0.000152 32.05 97.34 1.54099
Titanium 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 1.10E+11 1.10E+11 0.3 5.48E+10 2.8E05 942.31 97.34 1.54099
Steel 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 2.10E+11 2.10E+11 0.3 1.05E+11 2.25E05 1450.15 97.34 1.54099
Carbon
Fibre 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 3.00E+11 3.00E+11 0.3 1.49E+11 2E05 1839.42 97.34 1.54099
Tungsten
Carbide 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 6.00E+11 6.00E+11 0.3 2.99E+11 1.59E05 2919.89 97.34 1.54099
Diamond 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 1.15E+12 1.15E+12 0.3 5.72E+11 1.28E05 4505.38 97.34 1.54099
Hardened
steel 0.0010 0.03 0.0010 2.10E+11 6.90E+08 0.3 6.26E+08 0.000124 47.83 97.34 1.54099
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Table A12: Table showing how varying the wheel axle and ball bearing material radius affects the resulting properties for the
bearings present in the forks
Tables relating to bearing properties Tables A13 and A14
Material
Density
(kg/m
3
)
Bearing
radius
(m)
Wheel
Radius
(m)
Revolutions
(1/s)
Angular
Velocity
(rad/s)
Centrifugal
Force (N)
Steel 7860 0.03 0.20 19.89 125 0.42
Nylon 1150 0.03 0.20 19.89 125 0.06
Rubber 910 0.03 0.20 19.89 125 0.05
Steel 7860 0.03 0.40 9.95 63 0.10
Nylon 1150 0.03 0.20 19.89 125 0.06
Rubber 910 0.03 0.10 39.79 250 0.19
Steel 7860 0.08 0.20 19.89 125 1.11
Nylon 1150 0.03 0.20 19.89 125 0.06
Rubber 910 0.01 0.20 19.89 125 0.02
( ) c
r
J (Point
Contact)
( ) c
r
J (Point
Contact)
0 1/Z 0.8 0.2559
0.1 0.1156 0.9 0.2576
0.2 0.1590 1.0 0.2576
0.3 0.1892 1.25 0.2289
0.4 0.2117 1.67 0.1871
0.5 0.2288 2.5 0.1339
0.6 0.2416 5.0 0.0711
0.7 0.2505 0
Formulas for solving maximum contact pressure for spherical bearings with point contact
Relative radius of curvature, R,
2 1
1 1 1
R R R
+ = (A1)
Reduced Modulus, E*
2
2
2
1
2
1
1 1
*
1
E E E
u u
+
= (A2)
Dimensions of contact
3
* 4
3
E
PR
a = (A3)
Maximum contact pressure, p
m
bearings w/
UHMWPE
axle
Table A13: Table showing the centrifugal force on bearings with different materials
: A table showing the values for centrifugal force with varying bearing and wheel properties
Table A14: A table showing the corresponding ( ) c
r
J values for varying load
distribution factor,
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2
2
3
a
P
p
o
t
= (A4)
B1
 Aerodynamics: This criterion is based on how high the aerodynamics of the bike can be designed with the
position chosen. This criteria is given the weight of x7
 Riders comfort: the comfort is considered for the whole onehour period of the record. This criterion is based
on the ease of the rider to cycle and produce maximum power throughout the ride. This criteria will be given
the weight of x6
 Efficiency: this is based on the adaptability of the rider to the position, i.e. in prone position the unflexed
position of the hip and torso will require extensive training. This criteria is given the weight of x5
 Steering: the ease of steering the bike. This criteria is given the weight of x4
 Stability: the ease of keeping the bike upright and stable. This criteria is given the weight of x3
 Feasibility to design frame: this criterion is based on the ease to design the frame upon selecting the type of
riders position. This criteria is given the weight of x2
 Cost: the position will determine the frame design, hence affecting the cost of production. This criteria is given
the weight of x1
B2
Design for mesh seat with material specified to be aluminium
produced a total mass of 3.25 kg. The frame has maximum
deflection of 2.4 mm.
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Design for hanging body option with material specified to be
steel produced a total mass of 5.9 kg. Steel was chosen because
it can produce maximum deflection under 3 mm. The deflection
for this design was found to be 2.09 mm.
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