OBJECTS AND EFFECTS OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS APPLICATION IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
The structural weight reduction is the most visible effect of composite application, but it’s primarily important for aircraft or spacecraft only. In engineering branches the major effect of fiber reinforcement plastics (FRP) application is the ability to solve some fundamental technical challenge, for example: simplifying design of construction, the overall dimensions reducing of the elastic element, non-fragile, etc. In this paper the methodological approach to FRP application considered. Some examples of engineering design for vehicle load-bearing FRP element are presented.