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Limitations of Body Designs By Energy Conservation Considerations
Published January 01, 1980 by Verlag Des Verein Deutscher Ingenieure GmbH in Germany
The demands of energy conservation lead to vehicle design requirements of lower driving resistances. Reduced weights through light vehicle construction provide decreased rolling and climbing resistances. Marketing demands for future vehicles and, in particular, vehicle bodies call for improved technology in areas of vibrational and noise characteristics as well as general driving comfort. Spatial utilization factors are given. Vehicle weight trends are presented which incorporate goals for typical body components. Evaluation of these trends indicate limitations of light body design. Marketing influences on designs of differing vehicle sizes are shown. Utilization factors permit the evaluation of vehicle and body design. The third and final step of light design which will be implemented during the 80's will require the containment of cost increases brought about by light construction, safety requirements, and new areas of vehicle design