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Materials, Design and Manufacturing for Lightweight Vehicles
Published March 01, 2010 by Elsevier in United Kingdom
- 384 pages
Research into the manufacture of lightweight automobiles is driven by the need to reduce fuel consumption to preserve dwindling hydrocarbon resources without compromising other attributes such as safety, performance, recyclability and cost. Materials, Design and Manufacturing for Lightweight Vehicles makes it easier for engineers to learn about the materials being considered for lightweight automobiles, and also compare their characteristics and properties. Part one of this title discusses materials for lightweight automotive structures with chapters on advanced steels for lightweight automotive structures, aluminum alloys, magnesium alloys for lightweight powertrains and automotive structures, thermoplastics and thermoplastic matrix composites and thermoset matrix composites for lightweight automotive structures. Part two reviews manufacturing and design of lightweight automotive structures covering topics such as manufacturing processes for light alloys, joining for lightweight vehicles, recycling and lifecycle issues and crashworthiness design for lightweight vehicles. With its distinguished editor and renowned team of contributors, Materials, Design and Manufacturing for Lightweight Vehicles is a standard reference for practicing engineers involved in the design and material selection for motor vehicle bodies and components as well as material scientists, environmental scientists, policy makers, car companies and automotive component manufacturers.