Speedy, Lightweight Motorcycle Design - Article - ANSYS Advantage - V12 I3
To achieve its amazingly light weight, the Vins Duecinquanta motorcycle uses a carbon fiber composite for its monocoque frame, rims, fork and bodywork. The aluminum frontal node is at the heart of the motorbike, sitting under the handlebars and connecting to the engine, frame, gas tank, radiator and suspension. Asotech engineers used ANSYS Mechanical topology optimization to develop an optimized design while changing both the basic shape and dimensions of the part to reduce its weight by 56 percent. Engineers then used ANSYS Mechanical fatigue analysis to achieve the product integrity balance needed to ensure that it will not fail under repetitive stress over time.