Fusing aluminum in a multi-material lightweight vehicle is presented via studies on joining dissimilar materials, joining methods, and the performance of the joined materials. The use of aluminum offers a material that embodies properties to meet new standards as the automotive industry continues to pursue improvements in fuel efficiency and emissions. Aluminum’s strength, light weight, and corrosion resistance offers manufacturers a material alternative to steel and an additional material, which has long been known in the industry, to be employed in automotive construction. Topics of technical interest include: • Forming • Galvanic Corrosion • Welding, Fastening, Bonding • Maximizing Weight Benefits Production of strong, lightweight structures will contribute significantly to automobile manufacturers meeting mandated fuel economy standards, as well as customer preferences for utility, comfort, and safety.
The new Bosch Automotive Handbook , now in its 9th English edition, has been completely revised and enhanced to include the most recent developments in automotive technology. About 200 specialist authors contributed to this new version of every engineer’s must-have reference. The book's format has been revised: it is now 20 percent longer and wider, as this allows for a larger font size. This makes the texts and graphics easier to read. The index has been strongly expanded to make looking up technical terms easier. The Bosch Automotive Handbook is a best-seller, with a broad global readership. Students of engineering programs consult it, as do researchers and engineers in the automotive industry. Mechanics who are studying to become master craftsmen also use it as a reference work. Experts trust the well-founded and extensive expertise that can be found in the classic. The Bosch Automotive Handbook is widely regarded around the world as a standard work for automotive technology.
The art and science of glass engineering, specifically applied to automotive projects, are not at all commonplace. Although windshields, side and backlites seem to be obvious parts of any car, truck, or bus, designing, sourcing, and manufacturing them are unique challenges. From the business perspective, cost control makes the choice of the ideal supplier a vital decision, greatly impacting availability and production. From the technical standpoint, the most creative designs can be rendered impractical due to regulations, lack of economies of scale, or convoluted logistics. Glass Engineering: Design Solutions for Automotive Applications tackles all these variables using a no-nonsense, step-by-step approach. Written by Lyn R. Zbinden, a mechanical engineer and glass specialist, this book narrows the gap between the reader and a technical subject by using language that is easy to understand, a good variety of examples, and a series of invaluable reference design tables.
This book provides an introduction to ground vehicle aerodynamics and methodically guides the reader through the various aspects of the subject. Those needing specific information or a refresher can easily jump to the material of interest. There is a particular emphasis on various vehicle types (passenger cars, trucks, trains, motorcycles, race cars, etc.). However, the book is focused on cars and trucks, which are the most common vehicles in the speed range in which the study of ground vehicle aerodynamics is beneficial. Readers will gain a fundamental understanding of the topic, which will help them design vehicles that have improved aerodynamics; this will lead to better fuel efficiency, improved performance, and increased passenger comfort.
The years following the Second World War saw Britain in the grip of shortages, rationing and recession. For those wanting a high-performance car there was little choice - either buy a pre-war model, or build your own. This led to the conversion of the most unlikely vehicles into genuine sports cars, and a whole industry grew up using the newly-developed fiberglass material to facilitate conversions. Operating from a tiny back-street woolen mill, Rochdale Motor Panels became a market leader, and made it possible to construct genuine 100mph+ vehicles at a fraction of market prices. The late 1950s were a boom time, and by 1960 Rochdale was ready for a huge leap forward. The exquisite Lotus Elite had proved it was possible to use the material for structural purposes: Rochdale cleverly avoided all the problems faced by that vehicle in their breathtakingly simple Olympic design.
Now in its 13th edition, The Automotive Aerodynamics Handbook, written by Douglas Cox Landa and Henry C. Landa, is a must-have reference text for those interested in understanding aerodynamics applied to automotive problems and streamlining goals. Using a simpler language than the typical engineering textbook, it presents the theory with its immediate use, allowing for classroom or self-study. Focusing on the importance of the fundamental engineering and mathematical concepts, The Automotive Aerodynamics Handbook explains both with a very practical approach, and includes a workbook with problems and solutions. As automotive engineering gears itself more and more towards weight reduction, fuel economy and pollution control, professionals working in this field are challenged everyday with how to make better vehicles that are lighter, efficient, safe and appealing to global mass markets.
This book provides readers with a solid understanding of the principles of automobile body structural design, illustrating the effect of changing design parameters on the behavior of automobile body structural elements. Emphasizing simple models of the behavior of body structural systems rather than complex mathematical models, the book looks at the best way to shape a structural element to achieve a desired function, why structures behave in certain ways, and how to improve performance.
This unique book gives chronicles the top Honda technical developments from April through September 2008. The 21 papers included give rare insight into Honda's worldwide R&D team, and cover automotive, motorcycle, power products, and other fundamental technologies. Full-color diagrams complement the text. Title highlights include: Mechanism of Occurrence of Ghost Noise in Helical Gears Resulting from Thread-type Tool Machining Development of Front Pillar for Visibility Enhancement Development of 5-speed Dual-clutch Transmission System for All-Terrain Vehicle Motorcycle Riding Simulator Enabling Experience of Honda's Advanced Brake Systems Running Gait Generation for Biped Robot This publication is available in both print and electronic format. The electronic format is also conveniently available for purchase in individual chapters.
This unique book chronicles the top Honda technical developments from October 2007 through March 2008. The 25 papers included give rare insight into the Honda's worldwide R&D team, and cover automotive, motorcycle, power products, and other fundamental technologies. Full-color diagrams complement the text. Title highlights include: Development of i-VTEC Gasoline Engine for 2008 Model Year Honda FIT Removal of Grounding Cable from Hydrogen Fueling Process 2007 Model CBR1000RRW for Suzuka 8 hours World Endurance Championship Race Study of "LONG" Lighting System for Enhanced Motorcycle Conspicuity Development of High-strength Structural Steel for Welding This publication is available in both print and electronic format. The electronic format is also conveniently available for purchase in individual chapters.
Updated and expanded to include the most recent related information, the second edition of the Fleet Manager's Guide to Vehicle Specification and Procurement is an essential resource for all managers and supervisors involved in these functional areas. Written in concise, simple language, this publication offers a wealth of practical approaches for both saving money and yielding higher profits. Contents include: Vehicle Utilization and Cost Strategies Vehicle Life-Cycle Costing Specification Preparation Economics of Vehicle Replacement and more
This book is written as an introduction to rotor-bearing dynamics for practicing engineers and students who are involved in rotor dynamics and bearing designs. The goal is to provide a step-by-step approach to the understanding of fundamentals of rotor-bearing dynamics. Therefore, the emphasis is on the basic principles, phenomena, modeling, theory, and interpretations of the results. Introduction to Dynamics of Rotor-bearing Systems includes numerous examples, from a single-degree-of-freedom system to complicated industrial rotating machinery, which serve to illustrate fundamental dynamic behaviors. The concepts in the text are reinforced by parametric studies and numerous illustrative examples and figures.
This book focuses on body design in terms of deformation and repair behavior and on all aspects of the repair field in general. Special emphasis is placed on the latest findings from research and technology as well as on findings gathered from countless accident and crash tests. Recommendations for the cost-effective repair of accident damage round off the contents.