Development of a design methodology for battery electric heavy vehicle chassis focusing on modularisation and cost-efficient manufacturing of composite structures
Industrial partner: Scania
PhD student: Alisanne Veltman
Started: September 2018
The total weight of a battery electric heavy vehicle is higher compared with current combustion engine heavy vehicles, due to the high weight of the required battery packages. The introduction of composite materials in load bearing structures is one method to reduce weight. Design freedom is another advantage of selecting composite materials over metals, as it has the potential to develop other modularisation approaches, as well as new packaging concepts for all required sub-systems. It is not beneficial to only use composites in load carrying structures of large vehicles as it will also be subjected to several cross-functional conflicts involving dynamics, vibrations, economics, etc.