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Advanced Materials in Automotive Engineering

  • ID: 2719394
  • Book
  • February 2012
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
The automotive industry is under constant pressure to design vehicles capable of meeting increasingly demanding challenges such as improved fuel economy, enhanced safety and effective emission control. Drawing on the knowledge of leading experts, Advanced materials in automotive engineering explores the development, potential and impact of using such materials.

Beginning with a comprehensive introduction to advanced materials for vehicle lightweighting and automotive applications, Advanced materials in automotive engineering goes on to consider nanostructured steel for automotive body structures, aluminium sheet and high pressure die-cast aluminium alloys for automotive applications, magnesium alloys for lightweight powertrains and automotive bodies, and polymer and composite moulding technologies. The final chapters then consider a range of design and manufacturing issues that need to be addressed when working with advanced materials, including the design of advanced automotive body structures and closures, technologies for reducing noise, vibration and harshness, joining systems, and the recycling of automotive materials.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Advanced materials in automotive engineering is an invaluable guide for all those involved in the engineering, design or analysis of motor vehicle bodies and components, as well as all students of automotive design and engineering.
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Chapter 1: Introduction: advanced materials and vehicle lightweighting

Chapter 2: Advanced materials for automotive applications: an overview


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Steels

2.3 Light alloys

2.4 Stainless steels

2.5 Cast iron

2.6 Composite materials

2.7 Glazing materials

2.8 Conclusions

Chapter 3: Advanced metal-forming technologies for automotive applications


3.1 Formability

3.2 Forming technology

3.3 Modelling

3.4 Economic considerations

Chapter 4: Nanostructured steel for automotive body structures


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Potential demand for nanostructured steels for automotive body structures

4.3 Fabricating nanostructured low-C steel sheets

4.4 Improving elongation in nanostructured steel sheets

4.5 Crash-worthiness of nanostructured steel sheets

4.6 Conclusions

4.8 Appendix

Chapter 5: Aluminium sheet for automotive applications


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Sheet alloys for outer applications

5.3 Sheet alloys for inner closure panels and structural applications

5.4 Fusion alloys

5.5 Surface treatment of the aluminium strip

5.6 Future trends

Chapter 6: High-pressure die-cast (HPDC) aluminium alloys for automotive applications


6.1 Introduction

6.2 AlSi heat-treatable alloys

6.3 AIMg non heat-treatable alloys

6.4 AlSi non heat-treatable alloys

6.5 Automotive trends in die-casting

Chapter 7: Magnesium alloys for lightweight powertrains and automotive bodies


7.1 Introduction

7.2 Cast magnesium

7.3 Sheet magnesium

7.4 Extruded magnesium

7.5 Future trends

7.6 Acknowledgments

Chapter 8: Polymer and composite moulding technologies for automotive applications


8.1 Introduction

8.2 Polymeric materials used in the automotive industry

8.3 Composite processing procedures

8.4 Fields of application for fibre-reinforced polymer composites (FRPCs)

8.5 Further challenges for composites in the automotive industry

Chapter 9: Advanced automotive body structures and closures


9.1 Current technology, applications and vehicles

9.2 Key factors driving change and improvements

9.3 Trends in material usage

9.4 Latest technologies

Chapter 10: Advanced materials and technologies for reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in automobiles


10.1 Introduction

10.2 General noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) abatement measures

10.3 Selected concepts for noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) control

10.4 Applications

10.5 Conclusions

10.6 Acknowledgements

Chapter 11: Recycling of materials in automotive engineering


11.1 End of life vehicles (ELVs)

11.2 Reuse, recycle or recover?

11.3 Environmental impact assessment tools

11.4 Case study
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11.5 Conclusions

Chapter 12: Joining technologies for automotive components


12.1 Introduction

12.2 Types of advanced structural materials in cars

12.3 Factors affecting the selection of joining methods

12.4 Joint design and joint surfaces

12.5 Laser beam welding (LBW) and brazing/soldering

12.6 Adhesive bonding

12.7 Mechanical joints

12.8 Hybrid joining methods

12.9 The effect of volume on joining technology

12.10 Future trends


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Jason Rowe
Jason Rowe is the Chief Product Engineer (Lightweight Architectures) for a global automotive engineering consultancy. He has over 25 years experience in automotive engineering.
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