Definition of space frame in US English:

space frame


  • A three-dimensional structural framework which is designed to behave as an integral unit and to withstand loads applied at any point.

    • ‘Clad in mirrored glass over a uniform space frame, the design boasts passive solar heating and wind cooling obtained through operable strips of ventilating windows.’
    • ‘However, while the choice of donor vehicle might be unusual the construction isn't, this being a steel space frame chassis with glass-fibre body.’
    • ‘In fact, HSS is used for about 90% of the total space frame.’
    • ‘Lightweight space frames are nothing new; however the latest sports car from Aston Martin has an aluminum space frame that is bonded, glued and riveted together.’
    • ‘Although the car uses an aluminium space frame which is 60% stiffer than an equivalent steel structure, it's driving performance felt somewhat heavy on the twisty roads near Le Castellet in the South of France.’
    • ‘The components are attached to the space frame with fasteners.’
    • ‘The all-aluminum space frame is made of stampings, castings and extrusions and is welded to the aluminum chassis.’
    • ‘Inside the new entrance, a wooden space frame tops a large atrium where office workers mix with university students and shoppers in a nearly urban atmosphere.’
    • ‘The company swears that its aluminium space frame will be exclusive to the brand.’
    • ‘The triangulated space frame of the roof is made up of solid stainless steel rods that form six pointed stars screwed into nodal connectors.’
    • ‘The designers then detailed the roof section, which consists of a steel space frame encased in metal cladding.’
    • ‘The mid- and front-sections are constructed with high-strength steel, while the main members of the space frame are constructed from extra high-strength steel.’
    • ‘Aluminum castings are also gaining acceptance for many parts and innovative applications in the construction of space frames, axle parts and structural components.’
    • ‘The pipe-arch structure, a large space frame, is perhaps the most economical design for the wide span.’
    • ‘The space frame will have attachment points for the body panels to hang from in a manner that will allow for precise fit and finish.’
    • ‘Some competitors believe that aluminum space frames eventually will become a sort of ‘platform’ on which future powertrains, seats and interior components, and eventually plastic body panels, will be placed.’
    • ‘This vehicle features an extruded aluminum space frame and thermoplastic body panels.’
    • ‘The joists also provide a base for the space frame that supports the roof.’
    • ‘The carbon-fiber body is mounted on a steel space frame and composite floor panels, giving the lightweight vehicle the ability to leap to 60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds.’
    • ‘One of the great designers of racing cars worked on the space frames for Vanwall in 1956 and then revised the suspension on the BRM in 1957.’