Developments in body engineering continue to be driven by refinement, weight reduction, and safety. This feature on body engineering presents some key work on noise quality, and outlines various other advances. There has been considerable research and development effort on noise reduction, e.g. Mascotech is becoming increasingly able to provide a strong capability in design concepts for body noise reduction. A crucial part of its work is the verification of analytical simulation against experimental performance of body structures. Other topics in the review include: (1) the stronger defence of using steel for body structures; (2) structural extrusion opportunities for aluminium alloys; (3) lightweight body construction in composites; (4) impact-absorbent properties of composites; (5) Chrysler's use of ILOG's Vehicle Occupant Package Program; (6) smooth glazed exteriors; (7) seat developments; (8) a hole-punching/trimming substitute for door trims; (9) an improved trim cutter; (10) sealant access to hidden seams; (11) tuning a semi-active suspension seat; (12) a finite-element approach to modelling trim materials; (13) occupant protection; (14) body endurance testing; (15) a new noise analysis system; (16) a restraint effectiveness test; and (17) a servo accelerometer for studying inertial motions in vehicles.

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    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • FENTON, J
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 34-6,38,40,42,46-7
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 21
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    • ISSN: 0307-6490

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723169
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 26 1996 12:00AM