College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
This document details the C6 Wheels project being undertaken for senior design. The objective is to design and manufacture carbon fiber reinforced polymer wheels for the Cal Poly Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) team. The wheel shells will be used on FSAE’s competition vehicles. FSAE requested the wheels to improve the handling characteristics of their vehicles by reducing the unsprung and rotational mass. They have attempted carbon fiber wheels previously but have not yet run any on their vehicles. FSAE specifically proposed the design of carbon fiber shells with an aluminum center as opposed to full carbon fiber wheels on the recommendation of the 2018 attempt. C6 Wheels is responsible for designing the wheel shells—including interfacing with the aluminum centers, designing and manufacturing the mold tooling, and molding of the carbon fiber wheel shells—including any post machining. The aluminum centers are being designed and manufactured by the FSAE team.