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Developments in Aluminum Use for Vehicle Design

  • Special Publication
  • SP-1164
  • ISBN 1-56091-794-6
Published February 01, 1996 by SAE International in United States
Developments in Aluminum Use for Vehicle Design
  • English
  • 120 pages
As automobile manufacturers seek to provide improved, ore fuel efficient vehicles to their customers, the development of effective lightweighting solutions continues to be of paramount importance. Aluminum, with its high strength-to-weight ratio and its excellent corrosion performance, is becoming a key part of those solutions. As new applications continue to emerge for aluminum in the automotive market, so do the technologies to support this continued growth. This publication provides insight into many of these key technologies that will help to advance the utilization of aluminum in the automotive industry. Contents include: laser welding of aluminum alloy plates, extrusion and casting; composition based sorting of aluminum scrap from aluminum intensive vehicles; structural adhesives for aluminum vehicles; design of aluminum space frame for crashworthiness improvement; reduced finishing costs for aluminum intensive vehicles; development of integral aluminum cross member by squeeze casting; and on-line nugget expulsion detection for aluminum spot welding and weldbonding.