By Julian Happian-Smith
'An creation to fashionable motor vehicle Design' presents a radical creation to the numerous features of passenger motor vehicle layout in a single quantity. beginning with easy ideas, the writer builds up research approaches for all significant elements of auto and part layout. topics of present curiosity to the motor undefined, equivalent to failure prevention, designing with glossy fabrics, ergonomics and keep an eye on platforms are coated intimately, and the writer concludes with a dialogue at the destiny developments in car layout. With contributions from either teachers lecturing in motorcar engineering and people operating within the undefined, "An creation to fashionable car Design" presents scholars with a great assessment and history within the layout of autos prior to they circulate directly to specialized components. Filling the area of interest among the extra descriptive low point books and books which concentrate on particular parts of the layout strategy, this distinctive quantity is vital for all scholars of automobile engineering.
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These now feature a lock-up facility in top gear, whereby the transmission drives directly, and there are no losses associated with slip in the torque converter. Torque-converter lock-up was first introduced in 1949 on the Packard Ultramatic drive, but its use did not become widespread for some time. 4% of French and Italian cars were automatics. In Germany, the figure had reached 18%, the discrepancy being partly attributable to different social attitudes to driving. Automotive engineering development 21 Apart from automatic gearboxes there has always been an interest in gearless or stepless continuously variable (CVT) transmissions.
Used essentially the same arrangement which had the great advantage then that it could be operated with minimal training by former drivers of horse-drawn vehicles. Although this system provided a smooth stepless transmission that made driving very easy, it was killed off by its poor efficiency. Semi-stepless transmissions reappeared briefly in America in the early post-war period in the form of fluid torque-converter boxes, and again somewhat later (1955) in the ingenious Van Doorne variable diameter pulley and belt system used initially on the Dutch DAF cars.
A very readable text which gives a good outline of the history of commercial vehicles, with emphasis on developments in Britain. Ickx, J. (1992). ‘The Bollées’, in Barker, R. and Harding, A. ), Automobile Design: Twelve Great Designers and their Work. SAE (ISBN 1-56091-210-3). Describes in detail the achievements of some of the great automotive designers from around the world. It also traces the origins of many important innovations. Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and Sedgwick, M. (1960). Lost Causes of Motoring, Cassell, London.
An Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design by Julian Happian-Smith