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Designing in light weight materials

Grekula, Jon LU (2009) MMK820 20091
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Abstract
This thesis was constructed between January 8:th and May 30:th in the year 2009 at Lund institute of
technology. This will be the master’s thesis of the Master of Science programme in mechanical
engineering at Lund institute of technology.
Light weight designs are becoming more and more important in the world today. As composite
materials are being improved via research, it is possible to replace many of the designs which today
are made of aluminum or even steel. However, in order to design a design of composite materials, a
great deal of knowledge of the material is needed as it has very different material properties from
that of conventional isotropic materials such as aluminum or steel. This thesis will explore the use of ... (More)
This thesis was constructed between January 8:th and May 30:th in the year 2009 at Lund institute of
technology. This will be the master’s thesis of the Master of Science programme in mechanical
engineering at Lund institute of technology.
Light weight designs are becoming more and more important in the world today. As composite
materials are being improved via research, it is possible to replace many of the designs which today
are made of aluminum or even steel. However, in order to design a design of composite materials, a
great deal of knowledge of the material is needed as it has very different material properties from
that of conventional isotropic materials such as aluminum or steel. This thesis will explore the use of
composite materials, and evaluate the possibility of redesigning a beam which today is made of
aluminum to a beam made of composite materials. As the beam is subject to loads which causes
deflection (loads perpendicular to is base axis), composite materials such as carbon fiber is at the first
glance a possible solution. This thesis will explore the possibility of using finite element methods as a
design tool for materials which have anisotropic properties with a background in the material
properties, layer setup and choice of fiber and matrix material. (Less)
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author
Grekula, Jon LU
supervisor
organization
course
MMK820 20091
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
composite materials, glass fiber, design, carbon fiber, FEM
language
English
id
1515965
date added to LUP
2009-12-17 14:08:33
date last changed
2010-02-01 14:40:06
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  abstract     = {This thesis was constructed between January 8:th and May 30:th in the year 2009 at Lund institute of 
technology. This will be the master’s thesis of the Master of Science programme in mechanical 
engineering at Lund institute of technology. 
Light weight designs are becoming more and more important in the world today. As composite 
materials are being improved via research, it is possible to replace many of the designs which today 
are made of aluminum or even steel. However, in order to design a design of composite materials, a 
great deal of knowledge of the material is needed as it has very different material properties from 
that of conventional isotropic materials such as aluminum or steel. This thesis will explore the use of 
composite materials, and evaluate the possibility of redesigning a beam which today is made of 
aluminum to a beam made of composite materials. As the beam is subject to loads which causes 
deflection (loads perpendicular to is base axis), composite materials such as carbon fiber is at the first 
glance a possible solution. This thesis will explore the possibility of using finite element methods as a 
design tool for materials which have anisotropic properties with a background in the material 
properties, layer setup and choice of fiber and matrix material.},
  author       = {Grekula, Jon},
  keyword      = {composite materials,glass fiber,design,carbon fiber,FEM},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Designing in light weight materials},
  year         = {2009},
}