Development of UKM solar car "TUAH" for Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2011

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This paper presents the development of the UKM solar cars named Tuah. Various numbers of solar race events organized around the world has propelled the continuous development of solar cars by different research teams and Shell Eco-Marathon Asia was one of them. The aim of the competition was to develop Asia's most fuel-efficient cars built by the students. The vital aspects in designing a superior solar car are lightness and their aerodynamic behavior. The purpose for reducing the drag coefficient CD, especially in designing the shape of the car and material selection for car body are some of the crucial task to optimize the solar car performance. UKM car had choose an eye drop figure as the key design feature for aerodynamically and aesthetic intention. Composite reinforced with carbon fiber had been selected for the car body material because of its superior strength while given the lightest weight to produce the optimize selection combination. Both of these features will be discuss more on this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-674
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Review of Mechanical Engineering
Volume6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Aerodynamic
  • Car body
  • Design
  • Drag coefficient
  • Shell Eco-Marathon

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  • Mechanical Engineering

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