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Eco-Friendly: Bamboo car

Aug 19, 2013 14:40 IST

    Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTUW) Students designed an aerodynamic single passenger car by using bamboo and fiber reinforced plastic.

    Ishita Sehgal, team manager of team resonance at IGDTUW said that they have considered the most ecological and biodegradable materials for constructing the prime design of the vehicle. Bamboo is a material that contributes to the regulation and purification of the environment, beautifies the landscape, converse diversity and act as a carbon sink. Hence, it is the ideal material for this eco-friendly design.

    Discussing further about the car design, Ishita Sehgal explained that they consider fiber reinforced plastic as body material because it is light in weight and has necessary toughness and strong enough to hold its shape without the assistance of the frame. She added that bamboo is renewable, strong and cheap material and has a high strength to weight ratio along with does not require much welding.

    “We have employed an engine of Honda Activa 102 cc to give a fine mix of mileage and power. Alongside to reduce the friction losses, we used wheels of the bicycle at the front of the vehicle that also assist to reduce surface area for drag” she further added.

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