Lightweight Composite Materials for Heavy Duty Vehicles

The main objective of this project is to develop, analyze and validate data, methodologies and tools that support widespread applications of automotive lightweighting technologies. Two underlying principles are guiding the research efforts towards this objective: (1) Seamless integration between the lightweight materials selected for certain vehicle systems, cost-effective methods for their design and manufacturing, and practical means to enhance their durability while reducing their Life-Cycle-Costs (LCC). (2) Smooth migration of the experience and findings accumulated so far at West Virginia University (WVU) in the areas of designing with lightweight materials, innovative joining concepts and durability predictions, from applications to the area of weight savings for heavy vehicle systems and hydrogen storage tanks, to lightweighting applications of selected systems or assemblies in light–duty vehicles.

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    West Virginia University, Morgantown

    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Morgantown, WV  United States  26506

    Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585

    Department of Energy

    National Energy Technology Laboratory, 626 Cochrans Mill Road
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15236
  • Authors:
    • Prucz, Jacky C
    • Shoukry, Samir N
    • William, Gergis W
    • Shoukry, Mark S
  • Publication Date: 2013-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 62p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01530934
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DE-FC26-08NT02353
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 2014 4:22PM