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Lightweight Industrial Trailer By Using Composite Material - A New Concept Design


Federico Ceresoli, Andrea Buffoli

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2020). ECMS 2020 Proceedings Edited by: Mike Steglich, Christian Muller, Gaby Neumann, Mathias Walther, European Council for Modeling and Simulation.



ISSN: 2522-2422 (ONLINE)

ISSN: 2522-2414 (PRINT)

ISSN: 2522-2430 (CD-ROM)


ISBN: 978-3-937436-68-5
ISBN: 978-3-937436-69-2(CD)


Communications of the ECMS , Volume 34, Issue 1, June 2020,

United Kingdom


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Federico Ceresoli, Andrea Buffoli (2020). Structural Analysis On Lightweight Industrial Trailer By Using Composite Material - A New Concept Design, ECMS 2020 Proceedings Edited By: Mike Steglich, Christian Mueller, Gaby Neumann, Mathias Walther European Council for Modeling and Simulation. doi: 10.7148/2020-0243



This paper presents a new concept of industrial vehicle trailer frame, suitable for some categories of vehicles, in order to reduce their weight. This allows an increase of the payload and a reduction of the fuel consumption and the pollution emissions. Usually, the structural frame of an industrial vehicle trailer has a ladder shape,in this work, the torsional stiffness of a typical ladder frame, evaluated by FEM analysis, will be the reference for the design of the new frame made of different materials like steel and composite material. For those cases, we have studied a new concept of structure, made by a single central hollow beam. The use of a composite material for the central beam allows a weight reduction of the 70% compared to the ladder steel frame and an increase of modularity. Moreover, even if the construction of the composite frame is more expensive than the classical frame, it is possible to repay the composite frame during the first 2/3 years thanks to the reduction of fuel consumption due to the weight reduction.

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