Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Ashok Ramasubramanian




human powered vehicle, engineering, frame, device


Each year, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) sponsors the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. The purpose of the competition is to provide a continued source of research into human powered vehicles. Generally, the vehicles for this competition consist of faired recumbent tricycles and bicycles, capable of reaching high speeds in an efficient manner. The subject of this report is the design and analysis of a new vehicle frame for Union’s 2014 competition entry. The frame is the structural skeleton of the vehicle, supporting the rider and all vehicle components. The frame is what withstands the majority of the loads applied to the vehicle during riding, and needs to be able to distribute them safely around the vehicle without failure. In addition, the frame is meant to act as a safety device. The frame is required to include a roll protection system (RPS), which prevents any injury to the rider during a rollover scenario.