Randle Engineering were engaged by Aeromobil to perform the role of ‘chassis function group’ on the Aeromobil 4.0 flying car. Key responsibilities included suspension design & analysis, vehicle ride & handling analysis and architectural design support.
Randle Engineering specialise in solving difficult problems and they don’t come much tougher than this. The highlight of this process was the front suspension, a highly complex multi-role system that Randle Engineering developed from a clean sheet of paper. The brief called for a unit that offered on-road manners comparable to contemporary passenger vehicles that at the flick of switch could extend for take-off before being fully retracted for flight! All this and the system also had to weigh substantially less than a regular automotive system. The result was an active multi-link arrangement with folding members made out of lightweight aerospace grade materials. Randle Engineering set performance targets for the suspension unit using their Vehicle & Suspension Target Cascade System, before developing the system using multi-body simulation & CAD software. Component structural analysis (FEA) was completed in-house with loadcases developed to satisfy automotive and aviation homologation requirements. This process culminated in the vehicle being shown off at the Top Marques Monaco motor show 2017, a proud moment for Randle Engineering and the wider Aeromobil Team.
Successful development of front & rear suspension concepts and holistic concept development support valued by the wider Aeromobil team.
- Vehicle concepts
- Suspension engineering
- Simulation & modelling
- Component engineering
- Component specification
- Programme support
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