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Old 02-06-2021, 05:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
May I suggest a different layout? Instead of tapered gores, use a geodesic layout. You can choose a level of quasi-compoundcurvedness, The trick is to use an octahedral instead of icosahedral base. This gives three axes you can orient to longitudinal and traverse, the vertical gets locked in.

For seams you can use triangles, diamonds or hexagons. Diamonds can be chained into strips. A hexagon will have one seam running from one corner to the center.
The Facet V1 coroplast-bodied velomobile does something similar.

I need access to some sort of CFD software that spits out some numbers before I devote the time investment into this. I'd like to get it right!

Cd: Consider the size of an F1 racer's cockpit. It's no larger.
My opening was sized so that I can mount the computer and speedometer on the boom and still see them without having to lower my head from seeing the road. I intend to enclose the trike with a windshield and roof.

An I-can't-believe-i'm-seeing-this paint job reduces safety. A Baphomet hood ornament is begging.
That's sort of the joke. It is a rolling coffinmobile after all. I do want random drivers to notice it's in front of them at least so that I don't get run down, and something outlandish like this will do that. Plus it will fit the theme and design-philosophy of the vehicle as "off grid" transportation.
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