Use of aluminium to achieve maximum payload in transport vehicles

Existing regulations limit the maximum gross masses of a truck or truck and trailer combination. For minimum operating cost per tonne payload handled, the vehicle mass must also be minimised for maximum legal payload. In maximising the payload, the benefits so gained must be compared with the first cost of the vehicle by an appropriate accounting method, taking into consideration projected vehicle utilisation and maintenance costs. Armed with the knowledge of potential economics of operation, a decision can then be made on the benefits to be derived from using a lighter weight body which has a higher first cost. An understanding of the important characteristics of this structural material and basic differences in design and fabrication techniques from those for steel are essential for successful operation of aluminium vehicles. Basic rules are outlined to achieve a sound design which is also simple to fabricate and will be structurally reliable in service (a).


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 181-7
  • Monograph Title: Progress through problems; Institution of Engineers, Australia, engineering conference, Cooma, 1977; conference papers

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  • Accession Number: 01440825
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0858250748
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 11:16PM