Developments in structural engineering design and technology in the automotive, aviation and marine industries have demanded new materials to meet higher engineering specifications. Lightweight materials have prevalently used in structural applications particularly in vehicular design. In crashworthy component designs, a lightweight feature is of primary interest for achieving a combination of high stiffness and strength with significant weight savings. In recent, thin-walled tubular structures, metallic and polymeric foams, composites and cellular materials have received a lot of academic and researcher attention owing to their proven advantages and superior in crashworthiness and energy absorption applications.
This book is devoted to the foundation of the most popular and well-known lightweight materials for crash energy absorbing applications. The typical crush response and energy absorption of various thin-walled tubes and cellular foams are described based on the established experimental and numerical results.
This book is targeted to postgraduate students, designers, engineers, researcher and academician in the area of structural and material engineering for designing energy absorbing devices made of lightweight materials.