Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.

Abstract

Bamboo bicycles are currently in production for sale in both domestic and foreign markets. In third world countries such as Ghana and Ecuador bamboo bicycles are targeted to be an inexpensive and sustainable method of transportation. Prior technology uses a time and labor-intensive composite layup to join frame tubes. This project set out to improve the production method for these bicycles by developing a more efficient method to create the joints. The result was a thermoformed plastic shell bonded to the bamboo using short fiber reinforced epoxy. To facilitate production of the bicycle, fixturing and manufacturing procedures were also developed.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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