Automotive Alloys 1999 by Subodh K. Das

By Subodh K. Das

A dialogue of the newest advancements in aluminum and magnesium alloys program within the car industry, those complaints disguise actual and approach metallurgy of aluminum and magnesium castings, extrusions, composites, and sheet; alloy processing; constitution and houses characterization; advertisement and pilot purposes within the automobile marketplace; and expertise and performance.Content:

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Economic models indicate that production costs for non-heat-treatable alloys would be 10% less than those for heat-treated grades. 44 NATT is currently funding a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) effort between Reynolds Metals Company and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to develop aluminum tailor -welded blank (TWB) technology for automotive applications. Specifically, this CRADA project focuses on the development of a comprehensive forming, performance, and durability database that will allow the automotive designer to apply aluminum tailored blanks in a cost-effective manner.

Henry R. Piehler Prof. Robert H. Wagoner University of Michigan University of Tennessee Carnegie Mellon University Ohio State University Industrial Dr. Norman A. Gjostein Dr. Inge Hansson John L. ) Consultant (Retired ALCAN) Consultant (Retired Commonwealth Aluminum) With the completion all of the above formalities, R&D activities were initiated in a kickoff meeting at ORNL on March 1, 1996. Figure 1. shows the flow of funding from both the DOE-OTT Lightweight Materials Program and the commercial companies in the consortium.

Given such an outlook of theoretically almost comparable steel and aluminum car bodies, what strategies should steel companies and aluminum companies now adopt? > C o s t s of m a k i n g cars f r o m steel a n d a l u m i n u m will be a l m o s t e q u i v a l e n t definitely for s m a l l (40,000) p r o d u c t i o n run m o d e l s a n d for m e d i u m (100,000) p r o d u c t i o n run m o d e l s ; a n d w i t h s o m e uncertainty also for large (300,000) p r o d u c t i o n run m o d e l s .

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