Lightweight Composite Structures in Transport: Design, Manufacturing, Analysis and Performance provides a detailed review of lightweight composite materials and structures and discusses their use in the transport industry, specifically surface and air transport. The book covers materials selection, the properties and performance of materials, and structures, design solutions, and manufacturing techniques.
A broad range of different material classes is reviewed with emphasis on advanced materials. Chapters in the first two parts of the book consider the lightweight philosophy and current developments in manufacturing techniques for lightweight composite structures in the transport industry, with subsequent chapters in parts three to five discussing structural optimization and analysis, properties, and performance of lightweight composite structures, durability, damage tolerance and structural integrity. Final chapters present case studies on lightweight composite design for transport structures.
- Comprehensively covers materials selection, design solutions, manufacturing techniques, structural analysis, and performance of lightweight composite structures in the transport industry
- Includes commentary from leading industrial and academic experts in the field who present cutting-edge research on advanced lightweight materials for the transport industry
- Includes case studies on lightweight composite design for transport structures
Part One The Lightweight Philosophy: Materials Selection, Principles and Design Solutions 1 An Introduction to Lightweight Composite Materials and Their Use in Transport Structures 2 Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives on Lightweight Composite Structures: Aerospace vs. Automotive 3 The Automotive Body Lightweighting Design Philosophy Donald Baskin, Exponent 4 Weight Opportunities on Design Stage of Composite Components To Reduce Weight During Assembly Operations Part Two Current Developments in Manufacturing Techniques for Lightweight Composite Structures in the Transport Industry 5 Cost Effective Composites Manufacturing Processes for Automotive Applications 6 Hybrid Polymer Composites for High Strain Rate Applications 7 Thermoset Resin Sandwich Structures Part Three Structural Optimization and Structural Analysis: Modelling and Simulation 8 Weight Reduction by Optimized Reinforcement Structures Part Four Durability, Damage Tolerance and Structural Integrity of Lightweight Composite Structures in Transport 9 Influence of Temperature on Mechanical Properties of Short Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyamide 6 and 66 Composites for Automotive Oil Pan Application 10 The Fatigue Behaviour of Composite Materials for High-temperature Applications 11 Flammability of Composites Part Five Case studies on lightweight composite design for transport structures 12 Composite Materials for Aerospace Propulsion Related to Air and Space Transportation 13 Sustainable Lightweight Vehicle Design: A Case Study on Eco-Material Selection for Body-In-White 14 Lightweight Design and Crash Analysis of Composites 15 Re-Manufacturing and Whole-Life Costing of Lightweight Components 16 Polymer Nanocomposite Components: A Case Study on Gears 17 Manufacture and Testing of Lightweight Tubes for Rocketry and Centrifuges
Dr James Njuguna has a long-standing interest and extensive research experience in advanced composite materials (and nanomaterials) for lightweight structural applications. He primarily focus on novel composite material properties improvement and optimisation for transport vehicles lightweighting, composite pipes & pipe in pipe systems among other lightweight design constructions.
He has expertise on two fronts: (i) quantifying dynamic loading behaviour of structures such as failure mechanics, impact and crash, and (ii) hybrid composites reinforcement to improve dynamic performance and durability of composite applications .