This lite’rature survey is aimed at providing the vehicle design engineer with an update in vehicle and body systems. The author has scanned the considerable output of technical presentations during 1997- 9 to extract and distil developing
technologies of particular import to the working designer. The easily digestible presentation, with unusually high dependence on diagrammatic presentation, continues the popular style used for the original handbooks that were compiled by the author, and published by Professional Engineering Publishing. These are listed on the Related Titles page overleaf. Advances in Vehicle Design serves both as an update to the earlier volumes and as a stand-alone volume. The referenced
leads provided in the text are intended to help designers and engineers from whatever background discipline. Widespread availability of computing power to designers and engineers has created the possibility of considerably shortening the
lead-times between design conception and prototype manufacture. Much of the material covered here will assist in establishing predictive techniques.
Advances in Vehicle Design is an update of vehicle and body systems design
in that it provides readers with an insight into analytical methods given in a wide
variety of published sources such as; technical journals, conference papers, and
proceedings of engineering institutions, for which a comprehensive list of references
is provided. The analyses are therefore not necessarily fully developed or
rigorously evaluated. Recourse to the original references is necessary particularly
in order to understand the limiting assumptions on which the analyses are based.
Much of the analytical work is centred around impending legislation and, where
this is quoted in the text, it is for illustration only and it is, of course, important to
examine the latest statutes in the locality concerned. The list of references given
at the end of the volume is a key element of the publication, providing where
possible a link to the original publication source. Where the original publication is
not available in bookshops, many of the sources can be found in libraries such as
those of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, or the Motor Industry
Research Association, in Nuneaton, UK,as well as the BritishLibrary.Othersimilar
respositories of techincal information should be able to provide a selection of
original source material. Where the source is a company announcement of
techniques and systems, names, but not addresses, of the companies/consultancies
are given. Most operate internationally and have different national locations,
best found by enquiry in the country concerned. For the patent reviews in chapters
six and seven, full specifications can be purchased from The Patent Office, Cardiff
Road, Newport, NP91RH, UK.

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