A new design approach to the use of composite materials for heavy transport vehicles Online publication date: Thu, 10-May-2007
by Tommaso Ingrassia, Gianluca Alaimo, Francesco Cappello, Antonio Mancuso, Vincenzo Nigrelli
International Journal of Vehicle Design (IJVD), Vol. 44, No. 3/4, 2007
Abstract: In order to keep or to reach a high level of competitiveness and performance of a product, it is necessary to explore all the possible solutions that allow the best compromise between costs and project requirements. By this point of view the study of alternative designs and/or materials to use, is an important aspect that can identify a new concept or way of thinking about a product. This paper presents how to make use of composite materials in the field of heavy vehicles transportation. A new semitrailer in composite material has been designed, using a methodical redesign approach and an optimisation process. The main innovation in this project is, besides the use of the Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics (GFRPs), also a new topology of the vehicle frame; the designed semitrailer, in fact, has a monocoque structure.
Online publication date: Thu, 10-May-2007
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