I have a small issue that is causing a lot of problems. I'm on a Formula SAE team and our battery is consistently shorting between our positive terminal and our chassis. Our chassis is the grounding point.
Our battery is underneath our seat, our seat is made of carbon and therefore when the driver moves shorts occur. I've tried using tape, rubber covers and plastic boxes. The box cracks under the weight of the driver and the tape and covers fall off during a long race.
How can I prevent shorts with a solution that wont break, nor fall off?
In case a short does occur, we use breakers.
Below is a sketch of the position of the battery under the seat. At point one, when we are static, the seat does not touch the battery, but under high acceleration, the driver will rub on to the battery terminals. This knocks off tape and covers that are on it. In the course of a long race, eventually shorts start to occur after the tape/covers have been rubbed off. We noticed that the issues happened on tight turns and moments of high acceleration.