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CAR BODY FRAMES using WOOD

  1. Oct 5, 2010 #1
    Can we built the small passenger car body using ANY WOOD which is STRONGER and CHEAPER?
    If so, name the wood.
     
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  3. Oct 5, 2010 #2

    berkeman

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    Tell us your thoughts first. What is the context? Are you looking to do a design project?
     
  4. Oct 5, 2010 #3

    Mech_Engineer

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    There are no woods that come close to the strength/weight ratios of current materials in cars such as aluminum, stainless steel, or even plain carbon steel.
     
  5. Oct 5, 2010 #4

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    Morgan have been doing a good job making sports cars using ash frames for one hundred years. They're still good by today's standards.
     
  6. Oct 5, 2010 #5

    Mech_Engineer

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    Let's be honest- the Morgan cars are bought for their styling, not because of their competitive performance or impressive Ash frame technology...
     
  7. Oct 6, 2010 #6

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    Nonsense, I've been successfully campaigning one this season and don't even like the look of the thing! Although if by "competitive" you mean "with other marques" then you may have a point. Still, faster round a track than lots of stuff made solely from 'modern' materials!
     
  8. Oct 6, 2010 #7
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    Seriously though, wooden cars can still be made to go 200+ mph
     
  9. Oct 7, 2010 #8

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    With you on that, pal. It's sort of along the same line as major-league baseball players using ash or maple bats as opposed to metal. I don't know whether or not there is a specific cut-off point from a material aspect, but a wooden bat just puts so much "feel" into the hit that it is bound to go farther/faster if only because of the son's emerging sense of confidence.

    edit: Upon re-reading this, I noticed that I did not express myself properly. There are a lot of youngsters on-board, who are entitled to a "clueless" childhood. "Son's" was not meant to be a diminutive address.
     
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  10. Oct 7, 2010 #9
    realize that these cars won't absorb as much energy from collisions like a metal does. malleability of metals are critical for this. second imagine being struck by lightning. specific metal is used to seperate charges
     
  11. Oct 7, 2010 #10

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    I respectfully disagree with that. Although I have always been a "Detroit Iron" driver, and have no use whatsoever for "rice rockets", polymers are a lot easier to tailor to specific purposes such as crush absorption.
     
  12. Oct 7, 2010 #11
    Please specify on the Effectiveness of Polymers.
     
  13. Oct 8, 2010 #12

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    Lightning struck is so rare it can be safely ignored as a problem.
     
  14. Oct 8, 2010 #13
    If it was you in the car you wouldn't be saying that now would you.
     
  15. Oct 8, 2010 #14

    brewnog

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    Metal-bodied cars work quite well as a Faraday cage. Next...
     
  16. Oct 8, 2010 #15

    Borek

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    How many cases of cars struck by lightning have you witnessed? Heard of? Do you have a reliable statistic showing it is frequent enough to make metal cars safer in the storm?

    I suppose when you sit is a vehicle that is hit by meteorite M1A1 Abrams is safer than my Opel Astra, but I am not going to buy a tank because of that. Not many meteorites striking cars in my area.
     
  17. Oct 9, 2010 #16

    brewnog

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    Whoah, it was odmart that brought that cobblers up!
     
  18. Oct 11, 2010 #17

    Mech_Engineer

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    The OP's original question was if a "car's body frame" could be made out of a wood which is stronger and cheaper. In my opinion, the answer is still "no."
     
  19. Oct 11, 2010 #18

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    He must have edited it mighty quickly. There was no mention of "frame" in it by the time I read it.
     
  20. Oct 11, 2010 #19
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