Nowadays vehicle design paradigm influences not only the effectiveness of the different means of transport, but also the environment and economy in a critical way. The assessment of the consequences that design choices have on society at large are necessary to understand the limits of the methods and techniques currently employed. One of the mechanisms set in motion is the planned obsolescence of products and services. This has affected vehicle design paradigm in such a way that the variety in the market has shadowed the primary function of vehicle systems: the transport of persons and goods. Amongst the consequences of the expansion of such market is the exponential rise on combustion emissions to the atmosphere, which has become a great hindrance for humans health and survival of ecosystems. The development of evaluation tools for such consequences and their piloting mechanisms is needed so as to implement an ECO2  (Ecological and Economical) vehicle design paradigm. Moreover, the multifunctional design paradigm that drives aeronautical and vehicle engineering is an ever-growing demand of smart materials and structures, able to fulfil multiple requirements in an effective way. The understanding of certain phenomena intrinsic to the introduction of novel materials has found certain limits due to the complexity of the models needed. This work presents as a first step an assessment of the causes and consequences of the vehicle exponential market growth based on the analysis of the planned obsolescence within. Furthermore, a method for the acoustic response analysis of multilayered structures including anisotropic poroelastic materials is introduced. The methodology consists in a plane wave approach as a base for introducing the complex mechanic and acoustic equations governing anisotropic homogeneous media, e.g. open-celled foams, into an alternative mathematical tool manipulating physical wave amplitudes propagation within the studied media. In addition, this method is coupled to a power partitioning and energetic assessment tool so as to understand the phenomena present in complex multilayered designs.

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Published on 01/01/2015

Volume 2015, 2015
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