Automotive lightweight engineering: a method for identifying lazy parts
by Benjamin W. Caldwell; Essam Z. Namouz; Jenkins L. Richardson; Chiradeep Sen; Thomas Rotenburg; Gregory M. Mocko; Joshua D. Summers; Andreas Obieglo
International Journal of Vehicle Design (IJVD), Vol. 63, No. 4, 2013

Abstract: This paper presents a method for evaluating the lightweightedness of a vehicle, specifically addressing those components whose primary purpose is to aid in manufacturing and assembly rather than to provide end-user function. Seven laziness indicators are described. These indicators are used to evaluate individual vehicle components to aid in identifying mass reduction potential and focus the attention of designers on components or assemblies with high potential for mass reduction. This method is applied to a complete automotive vehicle, demonstrating a mass savings potential of the overall vehicle of approximately 5% of the total mass of the vehicle.

Online publication date: Mon, 26-Aug-2013

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