Computer aided design of FRP sulcated springs

J. M. Thompson, I. H. Marshall, J. Wood, J. C. Hendry

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Sulcated springs could provide an additional inroad for fibre reinforced plastic materials into the automotive industry through their potential use as structural elements in the suspension system. This paper outlines some collaborative work carried out between Paisley College and the National Engineering Laboratory which was directed towards establishing a basic quantitative design procedure to allow the functional characteristics of the sulcated springs to be predicted and assessed. The resulting procedure was validated using finite element analysis which was also used to investigate the behaviour of these springs under various end conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Design in Composite Material Technology III
EditorsS. G. Advani, W. R. Blain, W. P. de Wilde, J. W. Gillespie, O. H. Griffin
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781851667819
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • Axial Displacement
  • Circumferential Stress
  • Axial Stiffness
  • Representative Section
  • Coil Spring


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