Archive for August, 2019

Observations on Lightweighting at Great Designs in Steel

By on August 3, 2019 in MATERIAL MATTERS
Observations on Lightweighting at Great Designs in Steel

As a lightweighting consultant in automotive, defense and commercial trucking, I follow the information flow. A great place to do that is at the annual Great Designs in Steel (GDIS). Its focus is on steel and the innovations in material development, processing, applications and vehicle performance. This mid-May event is well-organized and extremely well attended. […]

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Reinforcing the Trends in Lightweighting

By on August 2, 2019 in MATERIAL MATTERS
Reinforcing the Trends in Lightweighting

Adding NVH and crash performance The challenges in vehicle design and assembly are getting bigger. Lightweight construction, increasing requirements for crash safety, cost pressures, design of derivative car models on the same platform, material flexibility and shortened development times are aspects that are often difficult to reconcile. Added to the equation, efforts to reduce mass […]

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EIB Invests in Lightweighting

By on August 1, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
EIB Invests in Lightweighting

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will finance the innovation strategy of Spanish firm Cikautxo, a specialist in the production of plastic and rubber components for the automotive sector. The company will seek to implement new, more sustainable production processes enabling the development of products for less-polluting vehicles. EIB and Cikautxo are securing a loan from […]

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Lightweighting and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By on August 1, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Lightweighting and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

University of Toronto and Ford R&D researchers have determined that lightweighting will be effective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission over the next 10 to 20 years. Conventional powertrain vehicles are expected to be dominant during that time. Their study, “A Dynamic Fleet Model of U.S Light-Duty Vehicle Lightweighting and Associated Greenhouse Gas Emissions from […]

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