Re: Why has no one discussed saving weight?
Alright, sorry about the long post, I are engineer not english major. How much weight do I think we can lose off of a truck without sacrificing anything, probably around 1000 lbs. Things like aluminum radiators and the like add up after a while. Yes I understand the density vs strength relationship and that among metals the relationship is linear, so yes the same weight of steel will produce the same strength as the same weight of aluminum, but the two pieces will be of different sizes. Composites are outside of this realm. I merely used the word aluminum in talking of replacing the bed in order to add some rigidity to it.
Another thing, rotational mass vs load are two different factors. Did anyone ever measure the weight difference of factory rims? This right there could be a decent cheap factor without going to something exotic.
The frame could be done, I saw a carbon fiber I beam with a sinusoidal wave webbing that was significantly stronger than the same dimension I beam, but once again these arent easily obtainable. Like I said earlier, the weight is spiral, once we get the rest of the truck (and trailer since we are still going to use the truck) we can get by with smaller engines and transmissions, but then at what point is a powerstroke no longer a powerstroke?
By the way, my ultimate goal is not the most fuel efficient, but a more capable longer lasting all around vehicle. One of the other overlooked side effects of composites are their corrosion resistant qualities.
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