Sorry nick i kinda cut you off a little there. I have just been down the library and got this book, your right its very informative and i have got some good info from it. The monocoque he makes is sheet steel is it not? i am looking to use carbon-fibre kevlar epoxy with a honeycomb centre for added strength. From the way he makes his could the same be done with carbon fibre? he makes it in 3 pieces. if i made molds for these 3 pieces could i use the carbon fibre then adhere some honeycomb and then assemble the three pieces in the same way? I will try make some CAD drawings to explain what i mean.NickT wrote:Seriously sion the "Race and Rally Car Source Book: The Guide to Building or Modifying a Competition Car" by Allan Staniforth covers all the principles very well in a practical way, including composite tubs.
I also remembered a Race Tech column that was excellent, The Practical Racer http://www.racetechmag.com/practicalrac ... asp?menu=4 Specifically the Pashley Project that covered exactly what you are talking about, following the design and build of a composite race car, including building a wooden mockup to check the design before cutting and bonding the expencive stuff.
Both of these guys are experienced builders and they don't just teach you how they also point out the pitfalls to, which would be invaluable in your situation.
Finally I know Race Car Engineering is also very good http://www.racecar-engineering.com but it wasn't one I read very often.
please read teh link i posted earlier it shows all of these the answers to all of these questionssion_williams wrote:thanks for all your help, i have been doing alot of research and found a book "a practical guide to composites" by multi-sport composites. It is a very good book wih respect to showing techniques on how to lay-up and build molds and so on, but it doesnt explain about this aramid honeycomb that is used in most chassis design. It gives a very basic look on things, for example how to make a cube out of carbon fibre. lets say its rather general about things
I guess the question im asking isnt really specific enough. Its actually the process im after. for example how do you make a single piece chassis, how would you begin designing it? how would you fit mounting brackets for suspension? do you incorporate the brackets or do you fix them via other means. do any of you have any pictures or tech designs of a tub?
heres all i can find:
Sorry for being messy with my question its a very interesting subject for me and i like to learn about peoples experiences and opinions on how they would deal with it