Section Strength

In creating automotive structures, larger section sizes are desired to provide a stiffer body, yet wall thickness is typically decreased to offset the increase in mass. There is a temptation to throw as strong a material as possible into the design to compensate for this strength compromised structure. In compression-dominated members, any local buckling of the surface will reduce load-carrying capability. They are further compromised by the myriad holes and features needed for integration reasons shown here.