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
|Rivista||International Journal of Vehicle Design|
|Volume||44, n. 3/4|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2007|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Automotive Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Mancuso, A., Ingrassia, T., Nigrelli, V., Nigrelli, V., & Cappello, F. (2007). A new design approach to the use of composite materials for heavy transport vehicles. International Journal of Vehicle Design, 44, n. 3/4, 311-325.