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dc.contributor.authorGalos, JLen
dc.contributor.authorSutcliffe, Michaelen
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-27T23:30:10Z
dc.date.available2020-08-27T23:30:10Z
dc.date.issued2017-01-01en
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/309695
dc.description.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.en
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dc.titleDevelopment of a structural optimisation methodology for use in the design of a composite semi-trailer chassisen
dc.typePresentation
prism.publicationDate2017en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.56789
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rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-01-01en
dc.contributor.orcidSutcliffe, Michael [0000-0001-9729-4460]
pubs.funder-project-idEPSRC (EP/K00915X/1)


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