Design of Composite Sandwich Shock Absorber Mounting for an Innovative Rail Vehicle End

Marzio Grasso, Luca Lenzi, Andrea Genovese, Luigi Macera, Francesco Penta, Giovanni Pio Pucillo, Salvatore Strano

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    This paper describes the design of composite shock absorber mounting for an innovative rail vehicle end in which structural, crash and aerodynamic functionalities are realized in a single integrated element. An experimental activity has been conducted in order to characterize the basic stiffness and strength parameters of the selected composite material. Results of the material characterization have been used for the laminate composite material card of the FE software. The computational analysis has been performed to optimize the sandwich configuration of the composite component and to assess the structural requirements. The final configuration of the composite sandwich shock absorber mounting exhibits strength and stiffness that are very close to the existing metallic one with a significant weight saving. The activities have been performed in the context of the Italian research project ¿SCILLA-M¿ (Structures, Innovative Components, Light Applications for Metro) funded by the MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of The World Congress on Engineering 2015
    EditorsS.I. Ao, Len Gelman, Andrew Hunter, A.M. Korsunsky
    PublisherNewswood Limited
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-988-14047-0-1
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015
    EventWorld Congress on Engineering 2015 - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 1 Jul 20153 Jul 2015


    ConferenceWorld Congress on Engineering 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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