Subframe Optimization of the University of Waterloo’s Chevrolet Malibu

In the past weeks, the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) has been completely redesigning the rear subframe of their Chevy Malibu. UWAFT believes that the rear subframe is one of the best places to remove excess weight to improve overall vehicle weight and fuel efficiency. However, UWAFT must also ensure that the new design allows the vehicle to meet or exceed stress and stiffness safety factors, all while making sure that the part’s manufacturability isn’t negatively affected.

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