The requirement to develop lighter vehicle structures arose
as a result of the rapidly rising price of oil. The weight of a
vehicle makes a considerable contribution to the power required
to propel it and therefore the quantity of fuel used.
The work presented here is an investigation into the analysis
of the components of a vehicle structure, with the aim of
obtaining a greater understanding of their behaviour. This
knowledge is then applicable to the design of lighter structures
made from an assembly of the components studied. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.