Sunday, December 10, 2006

Outline design of visionary solutions for freight transport on the roads in 2020.


1st Prize 2.000 Euro and an internship at
MAN Nutzfahrzeuge

Ying Tao, SCIONIC® I.D.E.A.L. - Industrial Design Education Linz

Flexibility is the main issue of the design, more ease in loading and unloading goods. The aim was to use the payload space as efficiently as possible so that the loading area can suit to different kind of goods by expanding or contracting the structure. The cargo truck is composed by a tug car module and a center load pick-, handling-, control- and place-structure. Four stronger legs which are connected with the front and the rear wheels, four smaller legs in the middle section that can hold actively the loading area. The tendons are connecting all limbs of the legs as well as securing the payload like a spider web. Materials used for this design should be an elastic fiber reinforced membrane, composites and high tensile fibres, prestressed by fluid power.

Road Train

2nd Prize 1.000 Euro and an internship at IVECO

Tibor Biró, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest

Economically the truck has a low rolling resistance and a good fuel economy. The power train uses a fuel cell. A non-stop rolling is possible due to three or more drivers. The system's loading capacity is variable from 50 to 300 cubic metres and the loading is done automatically in less then one minute. The RoadTrain has no physical coupling, as it is connected by electronic devices. The driver is supported by intelligent computer and radar systems. In terms of safety the truck has a good visibility, a low floor, it senses the traffic environment with the radar system and the lower side panels are made of soft materials.


3rd Prize 500 Euro and an internship at DaimlerChrysler

Szász Zoltán, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest

This design addresses the delicate issue of animal transport by road. This goods vehicle offers variable load space which can be adapted to different animals and at the same time provides for efficient loading. The main concern is secure and adequate accommodation for the animals during the journey. Provision is made for separate sources of water and ventilation. The vehicle has a hybrid drive system with wheel-hub drive to reduce operating costs. The cab has been so designed that stress factors on such journeys have been minimised for the driver.

Special Mention awarded with an internship at F.X. Meiller

Hai Shan Deng, SCIONIC® I.D.E.A.L. - Industrial Design Education Linz

A bionics transportation concept is the basis of the design. The commercial vehicle is oriented at the best nature's design of animals' behaviour and structures to bring more benefit for future load transport. The vehicle is driven from a cabin over the loading area resulting in a fast and easy loading process. Safety for the goods and on the road is given by soft fabrics, the membrane together with carbon-fibre made semicircular hard shell side protection. The front part will create a safe vehicle body. The high-tech tarpaulin is serving as container curtain which makes the loading more flexible.


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