MATERIAL MATTERS

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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New High-Performance Aluminum Extrusion Alloys

By on July 31, 2019 in MATERIAL MATTERS
New High-Performance Aluminum Extrusion Alloys

Two alloy families generating interest due to unique performance properties. Automakers have relied on aluminum since the industry began. In 1899, a sports car with an aluminum body was introduced at the Berlin International Motor Show. In 1901, Carl Benz designed the first engine with aluminum parts. But it took the metal’s cost to drop […]

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Considering Component Lightweighting Solutions for Automotive Applications

By on July 28, 2019 in MATERIAL MATTERS
Considering Component Lightweighting Solutions for Automotive Applications

Smoggy cities, roller-coaster gas prices, environmental concerns over fracing and offshore drilling—there are many reasons to increase fuel efficiency in both passenger and commercial vehicles. One of the best ways to do this is by reducing vehicle weight. Lighter cars mean consumers use less fuel, and less fuel means cleaner air and reduced dependence on […]

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Next-Generation Glass Fiber Composite

Next-Generation Glass Fiber Composite

ENOLIT GOR, a leader in the automotive extrusion and thermoforming market, has seen demand for its innovative RENOLIT TECNOGOR take off as the next-generation, safe, clean, 100-percent recyclable glass fiber composite for automotive interior applications. Tier 1 thermoformers combine superior part performance with consistent quality, higher productivity and lower costs of the production process, which […]

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Lightweighting Pushes AHSS Market

Lightweighting Pushes AHSS Market

A study published by Fact.MR takes a look at the advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) market. They expect applications for AHSS to rise in automobiles. The role of advanced high-strength steel will become crucial in enhancing fuel economy, crash safety and engine performance, making it a practical investment in the automotive sector. The demand for advanced […]

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New Super Magnesium Alloy

New Super Magnesium Alloy

ALLITE® Inc., a full-service material sciences organization that develops and manufactures high-performance metal alloys, has added something notable to its product line— ALLITE Super Magnesium™ WE54. Designed for superior castability, it is 25-percent stronger than the traditional high-performance cast magnesium AZ91. Due to the alloy’s performance under extreme temperatures, ALLITE Super Magnesium WE54 will primarily […]

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Carbon Composites Innovations

Carbon Composites Innovations

Williams Advanced Engineering has introduced its proprietary, patent-pending innovations in carbon composites and the benefits they offer to the automotive industry and beyond. The company developed a pair of innovative technologies that promise a step-change in the affordability of composite materials. Known as 223™ and Racetrak™, these technologies offer comparable performance to existing composites solutions, […]

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NREL PROJECTS: Upcycling Plastics & Carbon-Fiber Research

NREL PROJECTS: Upcycling Plastics & Carbon-Fiber Research

The federal lab is exploring ways to aid the environment with new products. One day, a plastic Coca-Cola bottle may turn into a lightweight headlamp housing or battery casing if a research team at the National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., can scale up a process it has achieved on the laboratory bench […]

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SPE Seeks Nominations for Automotive Innovation Awards

SPE Seeks Nominations for Automotive Innovation Awards

It’s that time again—time to start submitting nominations for the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE®) 49th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala. This is the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. This year’s awards gala will be held Nov. 6, 2019, at the Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich. “Polymer technologies are […]

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