Project Description

The primary goal of this project was to design and conduct finite element analysis on a skateboard deck that was able to convert from a shortboard to a longboard and be able to mimic the performance of each individual board. When designing the board, six of the major design consideration incorporated were weight, board thickness, minimum and maximum lengths, ease of use, aesthetics and safety.

Initial Concepts

Several skateboard models were created and discussed before reaching a final version that we believed would be attractive to consumers and, at the same time, be able to hold the required load. Versions 1 through 3 were rejected due to their aesthetic, as well as some functional limitations. 

Final Design

The final model incorporated features of some of the previous variants and it resembled skateboards that already exist on the market.

Cam Clamp

Cam clamps were used as the method for securing the board in the shortened or extended positions due to their ease of use and ability to exhibit a significant amount of holding force.

Static Study

Static studies were performed for both the shortboard and longboard configurations to determine whether they would hold the weight of a 200 lb person.

Drop Test

Drop tests were also carried out for both configurations of the board to determine how it would react if the tip of the board were to run into a wall at 15 mph.