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A System Dynamics Approach to Understanding the Influence of Lightweight Materials on the Development of Fuel Efficient Cars

  • Peter Stasinopoulos
  • Paul Compston
  • Haley M. Jones

Abstract

This paper presents a dynamical model that assists in understanding the influence of lightweight materials on the development trajectory of fuel efficient cars. Preliminary results suggest that car mass and powertrain energy consumption may become significantly non-linear and may generally decrease in the coming decades due to the emergence of new technologies.

Keywords

Life Cycle Assessment Internal Combustion Engine Internal Combustion Engine Petrol Price Lightweight Material 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Stasinopoulos
    • 1
  • Paul Compston
    • 1
  • Haley M. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Research School of Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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