Motor Vehicle Structures has been written as a unified textbook dealing with the structural mechanics of the mass produced integral passenger car body. It provides a clear and concise explanation of load paths in the vehicle body-in-white (BIW), based on engineering first principles. This is then used as a basis for an in-depth discussion of the conceptual design of car structures, using case studies directly related to real-life design problems. The book is based on a short course designed for industry which has been well received and is used to train body engineers worldwide. The authors have extensive experience of analysis and design of vehicle structures in the automobile industry, and of teaching the subject both in-company and academia.

Key Features

Focuses on the conceptual rather than the quantitative aspect of design Provides several practical examples and applications


Senior undergraduates in automotive engineering. Other undergraduates (Mech Eng, Civil Eng, Transport Studies etc) studying automotive options. Postgraduates in automotive engineering. Practising engineers/analysts involved in design of passenger car structures and performance development.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Terminology and overview of vehicle structure types / Simple structural surfaces (SSS) method / Standard sedan - baseline load paths / Alternative constructions, model variants, range integration / Planar structures / Case study - application of the SSS method to an existing vehicle structure / Vehicle structure preliminary design using the SSS method / Preliminary design and analysis of body sub-assemblies using the SSS method / Fundamentals and preliminary sizing of sections and joints /


No. of pages:
© 2000
Print ISBN:

About the authors

Jason Brown

Affiliations and Expertise

Cranfield University, UK

A J Robertson

Affiliations and Expertise

Cranfield University, UK

Stan Serpento

Affiliations and Expertise

General Motors, US