In order to reduce assembly complexity and enhance the performance of structural elements utilized in transportation systems, a novel approach is presented that uses integral fit joints in the assembly of fiber-reinforced composite structural elements. While the application of composite materials in transportation structures is not new or unique, their use coupled with integral fit joint designs affords a multi-magnitude reduction in the number of components required to assemble transportation systems. Essential to this effort is the need to effectively model and analyze the composite integral fit joint specifically focused on assembly. This paper introduces pertinent issues in the design and assembly of transportation systems, the assembly of their structural joints, and defines assembly models and analysis methods for composite integral fit (CIF) joints.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.