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Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750650441, 9780080523040

Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design

1st Edition

Editor: Julian Happian-Smith
eBook ISBN: 9780080523040
Paperback ISBN: 9780750650441
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 27th July 2000
Page Count: 632
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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


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About the Editor

Julian Happian-Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), UK


"This book is an educational text which gives a brief introduction to a wide variety of areas whilst stimulating readers to pursue their studies...I have found the book easy and interesting to read and there are areas where I have picked up new knowledge...I would recommend this text to my automotive engineering students." --Penny Taylor, formerly University of Hertfordshire, UK

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