Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design

Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design

1st Edition - July 27, 2000

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  • Editor: Julian Happian-Smith
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080523040

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An Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design provides a thorough introduction to the many aspects of passenger car design in one volume. Starting with basic principles, the author builds up analysis procedures for all major aspects of vehicle and component design. Subjects of current interest to the motor industry, such as failure prevention, designing with modern materials, ergonomics and control systems are covered in detail, and the author concludes with a discussion on the future trends in automobile design. With contributions from both academics lecturing in motor vehicle engineering and those working in the industry, "An Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design" provides students with an excellent overview and background in the design of vehicles before they move on to specialised areas. Filling the niche between the more descriptive low level books and books which focus on specific areas of the design process, this unique volume is essential for all students of automotive engineering.

Key Features

  • Only book to cover the broad range of topics for automobile design and analysis procedures
  • Each topic written by an expert with many years experience of the automotive industry


Undergraduates in automotive engineering. HND students studying motor vehicle engineering. Other undergraduates studying automotive options

Table of Contents

  • Automotive engineering development
    Modern materials and their incorporation into vehicle design
    The manufacturing challenge for automotive designers
    Body design
    Chassis design and analysis
    Crashworthiness and its influence on vehicle design
    Noise vibration and harshness
    Occupant accommodation: and ergonomics approach
    Suspension systems and their components
    Control systems in automobiles
    The design of engine characteristics for vehicle use
    Braking systems
    Failure prevention - the role of endurance and durability studies in the design and manufacture of reliable vehicles
    Future trends in automobile design

Product details

  • No. of pages: 632
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2001
  • Published: July 27, 2000
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080523040

About the Editor

Julian Happian-Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), UK

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