As part of my graduate finite element analysis course, my team and I elected to examine basic loading conditions a bike frame undergoes during everyday use as well as loading conditions under simple impacts. To add greater complexity and value to this study, we decided to compare a traditional aluminum frame to carbon fiber frame. We began by first creating a 3D model in SolidWorks based on the geometry of a Specialized Allez aluminum frame.

SPECIALIZED ALLEZ 59 FRAME

WIREFRAME MODEL

WIREFRAME MODEL

FINAL BICYCLE FRAME & FORK SOLIDWORKS MODEL

Once a 3D model was created, it

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