PACE – Reconfigurable Shared-Use Mobility System

T11 RSMS Vehicle


By 2030, urban areas will be the home for more than 60% of the world’s 8 billion people. This will challenge the public infrastructure and create tremendous pressures in the form of
pollution, congestion, energy security and traffic safety. Fast growing city density will cause the ownership of traditional cars and private vehicles to rapidly decline; the importance of vehicle sharing systems is increasing as evidenced by transformation to a sharing economy. A purpose built vehicle designed to be used in various sharing models could be an attractive mobility alternative in growing dense urban environments.

In this project we worked closely with students from five other Industrial Design, Engineering and Manufacturing PACE Institutions around the world to design a solution to address the
needs of the target market.

We designed a complete service brake system for the RSMS vehicle: design and analysis of the brake rotors and the reconfigurable brake mechanism and selection and specification of other auxiliary components. A model was created in Siemens NX and FEA analyses were conducted subsequently to validate the design. Comprehensive prototype testing procedure and corresponding qualification requirements were established. The reconfigurable brake mechanism was designed to accommodate the requirements of a dynamic wheelbase of the
RSMS vehicle.

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