Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Kim Shollenberger


This project report will serve to describe the goals, objectives, and overall process of the Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering senior project team, PolyWheel, in the design and fabrication of a complete set of 20” composite disc wheels for use on a high-efficiency human powered vehicle (HPV). The project will include the manufacturing of durable and reusable molds to build the wheels in order for multiple wheel sets to be made in the future. The wheels will be designed and built to be compatible with the Cal Poly HPV Team’s 2012 race bike and by other streamlined recumbent bicycles requiring a 20” wheel. The wheels need to optimize weight, rigidity, crash survivability, and aerodynamics. Design requirements for the wheel sets are being provided by the Cal Poly HPV Team and George Leone. Funding for the materials is being provided by John Neilson.