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Development of a structural optimisation methodology for use in the design of a composite semi-trailer chassis

Galos, JL and Sutcliffe, MPF (2017) Development of a structural optimisation methodology for use in the design of a composite semi-trailer chassis. In: ICCM International Conferences on Composite Materials 21, -- to --.

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Abstract

© 2017 International Committee on Composite Materials. All rights reserved. This paper investigates options for lightweighting a 13.5 m long flat-bed road trailer chassis through the application of composites and structural optimisation. Trailer load cases are first understood through finite element modelling in Abaqus. A parametric model of a typical 13.5 m trailer built from steel I-beam was developed, using Python scripting and the finite element package Abaqus. The model has been used to show that the conventional steel I-beams could be reduced in weight by 28% (140 kg). The model has been expanded to analyse composite trailer structures. It showed that approximately 1, 300 kg of weight could be saved by shape and material optimisation in a composite trailer, while mechanical performance is maintained to an acceptable level and increases in raw material costs are minimised.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Divisions: Div C > Biomechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 20:17
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2021 22:38
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