Our Research

Automotive Applications

The following images help illustrate the automotive applications of our research.

Design modification to achieve weight savings


Aluminum in Automobiles

What are the issues?

  • Cost
  • Formability
  • Design for aluminum
  • Strength
  • Weldability
  • Post-forming properties
  • Manufacturing process prove-outs

 

Comparison of material properties: steel vs. aluminum

Response of aluminum industry

Example of four vehicles with aluminum closure panels