This survey draws attention to the increase in the importance of structural analysis in automotive design in the past twenty years. Structural design has advanced in this period from the stage where new designs were based on experience, to the present position where very detailed computer analyses are carried out for most new designs. Static and dynamic analysis of integral sheet metal car bodies will be considered, as well as the rapidly growing ability of structural analysts to deal with the problem of large deformations on impact. The importance of a thorough understanding of the theory of thin-walled beams in the design of ladder frames for commercial vehicle is underlined. A somewhat arbitrary selection of references is given to illustrate the extent of research in this fast growing subject. (Author/TRRL)

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    Inderscience Enterprises Limited

    La Motte Chambers
    St Helier, Jersey,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Tidbury, G H
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

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  • Accession Number: 00316985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM