Method for cost and weight-efficient material diversity and partitioning of a carbon fibre composite body structure
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the Institution of mechanical engineers. Part D, journal of automobile engineering, ISSN 0954-4070, E-ISSN 2041-2991Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A method for the early concept phase is proposed, which is aimed at limiting the financial and performance-related riskswhen designing a carbon fibre composite automotive body structure. The method manages the structural requirementsimposed on the complete body structure and analyses the suitability of different carbon fibre material systems and pro-cesses. It also studies whether a high level of material diversity is desirable and the way in which to identify the optimalpartition of the body structure from a material system and manufacturing process selection point of view. Furthermore,since composite materials include both laminated materials and quasi-isotropic materials, an approach is presented thatenables the comparison of these materials variants during conceptual material selection. A case study exemplifies themethod and the results show that, in spite of the cost-sensitive nature of the automotive industry, utilization of the max-imum performance of these expensive composite materials is more important than efforts to achieve a rapid manufac-turing process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2015.
Concept phase, diversity of automotive material, body structure, material selection, process selection, structural composites
Composite Science and Engineering
Research subject Vehicle and Maritime Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145713DOI: 10.1177/0954407015578037ISI: 000367381700004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84951936233OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-145713DiVA: diva2:719921
FunderXPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
QC 201506232014-05-272014-05-272016-04-18Bibliographically approved