1974-02-01

Application of Finite Element Methods to Complete Automobile Structural Design Evaluation 740322

The need for minimum complexity models of complete body/chassis structures is discussed. Calculations of deflections, loads, and stresses resulting from load applications to this type of model are presented. Comparisons with similar though not exact actual vehicle test results are presented. Evaluation of the computer model is made and future improvements for the model and modeling techniques are discussed.

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