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Lightweight Materials

Lightweight materials such as Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers and modern, lightweight steel are helping automakers to reduce vehicle weight, improve performance and emissions without compromising on safety.

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Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Thu, 12/04/2014
Modern Materials unlock the Potential of Downsized Engines

At powered partial load conditions the ring pack contributes up to 25 % of the total mechanical engine friction loss, which could correspond to 4 % of fuel consumption. Therefore the challenge lies not only in reducing frictional power loss but also in mastering the thermo-mechanical and tribological loads as a result of the smoother cylinder... Full Content »
Contributor: Tom Turner
Posted: Tue, 10/21/2014
Tom Turner

Automotive Composites project manager Anca Scurtu interviewed Dr. Tom Turner of the University of Nottingham. He is currently a Principal Research Fellow within the composite materials group and project manager of the Boeing strategic collaboration in carbon fibre recycling.


"An end-of-life vehicle view doesn’t promote a lifecycle view... Full Content »
Contributor: Ed Bernardon
Posted: Wed, 05/28/2014
Ed Bernardon

Automotive IQ editor Will Hornick had the opportunity to speak with Ed Bernardon who is the VP of Strategic Automotive Initiatives at Siemens PLM Software. The discussion focused around the future of lightweight materials in the automotive industry in light of some of the exciting vehicles that have debuted around the world.

"In the short term... Full Content »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Wed, 05/14/2014
Peter Els

With a 10% reduction in vehicle weight achieving a 3-4% fuel saving, or as much as 5-7% if the power train is also downsized, it was only a matter of time before an OEM took the plunge with a radical approach to weight reduction on a high volume model.

At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford unveiled the production... Full Content »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Mon, 01/20/2014
Peter Els

Part 3 of Automotive IQ's Series on Lightweight Materials

In recent years progressive automotive manufacturers have heralded composites, in particular carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), as the answer to significant weight reduction demands.


Image credit: wot.motortrend.com

However, dealers and body repair shops face several... Full Content »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Wed, 12/18/2013
Peter Els

Part 2 of Automotive IQ's Series on Lightweight Materials

Global passenger-vehicle production for 2013 is forecast to be about 82 million units (Source: Market watch). Of this total, luxury cars (Including super and hyper cars) account for about 9 percent: Making up these 8 million cars are approximately 210 models. Somewhat surprisingly,... Full Content »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Thu, 11/28/2013
Peter Els

Part 1 of Automotive IQ’s Series on Lightweight Materials


As far back as May 2009 Martin Goede, coordinator of the EU’s ‘SuperLight-Car’ project predicted that the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions would be the most important challenges facing the automotive industry in the future. "One way to reduce... Full Content »
Contributor: Donald Lasell
Posted: Mon, 11/18/2013
Donald Lasell
The automotive industry has been hesitant to commit to using composite materials in the body structure. Don Lasell is a man with a dream and he is passionate about finding a solution to the high volume manufacture of composite body structures without losing the skills and knowledge learned from steel production.I’m one of those "little guys" you’... Full Content »
Contributor: Will Hornick
Posted: Wed, 09/18/2013
The future of thermoplastics in the automotive industry: Conclusion

Summary of our series on thermoplastics in the automotive industry

The automotive industry has reached a point where it is on the verge of embracing carbon
fibre reinforced plastic as one of the main manufacturing components of the future. While
consumers will not accept any reduction in safety standard or in functionality in their cars,... Full Content »
Contributor: Will Hornick
Posted: Sun, 08/18/2013
Automotive Industry: Vehicle Recycling and its impact on the environment - Part 4 of 5

Vehicle Recycling: Energy saving

By 2015 95% of the weight of end-of-life vehicles should be reused or recycled
rather than going to landfill, 10% of which should be energy recovery. The thermal
treatment of ASR can result in high energy gains, while preventing the material
from reaching landfill. ASR can be treated at an advanced thermal... Full Content »
Contributor: Will Hornick
Posted: Tue, 08/13/2013
The future of thermoplastics in the automotive industry: Promising Processes - Part 4 of 5

Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)

Resin transfer molding has previously been considered a process which is for medium
volume production quantities, as it bridges the gap between slower contact molding
processes and faster compression molding methods. Continuous strand mats and woven reinforcement is placed dry in the bottom half of the mold,... Full Content »
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20 results
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Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Thu, 12/04/2014
Modern Materials unlock the Potential of Downsized Engines

At powered partial load conditions the ring pack contributes up to 25 % of the total mechanical engine friction loss, which could correspond to 4 % of fuel consumption. Therefore the challenge lies not only in reducing frictional power loss but also in mastering the thermo-mechanical and tribological loads as a result of the smoother cylinder... Full Content »
Contributor: Tom Turner
Posted: Tue, 10/21/2014
Tom Turner

Automotive Composites project manager Anca Scurtu interviewed Dr. Tom Turner of the University of Nottingham. He is currently a Principal Research Fellow within the composite materials group and project manager of the Boeing strategic collaboration in carbon fibre recycling.


"An end-of-life vehicle view doesn’t promote a lifecycle view... Full Content »
Contributor: Ed Bernardon
Posted: Wed, 05/28/2014
Ed Bernardon

Automotive IQ editor Will Hornick had the opportunity to speak with Ed Bernardon who is the VP of Strategic Automotive Initiatives at Siemens PLM Software. The discussion focused around the future of lightweight materials in the automotive industry in light of some of the exciting vehicles that have debuted around the world.

"In the short term... Full Content »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Wed, 05/14/2014
Peter Els

With a 10% reduction in vehicle weight achieving a 3-4% fuel saving, or as much as 5-7% if the power train is also downsized, it was only a matter of time before an OEM took the plunge with a radical approach to weight reduction on a high volume model.

At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford unveiled the production... Full Content »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Mon, 01/20/2014
Peter Els

Part 3 of Automotive IQ's Series on Lightweight Materials

In recent years progressive automotive manufacturers have heralded composites, in particular carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), as the answer to significant weight reduction demands.


Image credit: wot.motortrend.com

However, dealers and body repair shops face several... Full Content »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Wed, 12/18/2013
Peter Els

Part 2 of Automotive IQ's Series on Lightweight Materials

Global passenger-vehicle production for 2013 is forecast to be about 82 million units (Source: Market watch). Of this total, luxury cars (Including super and hyper cars) account for about 9 percent: Making up these 8 million cars are approximately 210 models. Somewhat surprisingly,... Full Content »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Thu, 11/28/2013
Peter Els

Part 1 of Automotive IQ’s Series on Lightweight Materials


As far back as May 2009 Martin Goede, coordinator of the EU’s ‘SuperLight-Car’ project predicted that the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions would be the most important challenges facing the automotive industry in the future. "One way to reduce... Full Content »
Contributor: Donald Lasell
Posted: Mon, 11/18/2013
Donald Lasell
The automotive industry has been hesitant to commit to using composite materials in the body structure. Don Lasell is a man with a dream and he is passionate about finding a solution to the high volume manufacture of composite body structures without losing the skills and knowledge learned from steel production.I’m one of those "little guys" you’... Full Content »
Contributor: Will Hornick
Posted: Wed, 09/18/2013
The future of thermoplastics in the automotive industry: Conclusion

Summary of our series on thermoplastics in the automotive industry

The automotive industry has reached a point where it is on the verge of embracing carbon
fibre reinforced plastic as one of the main manufacturing components of the future. While
consumers will not accept any reduction in safety standard or in functionality in their cars,... Full Content »
Contributor: Will Hornick
Posted: Sun, 08/18/2013
Automotive Industry: Vehicle Recycling and its impact on the environment - Part 4 of 5

Vehicle Recycling: Energy saving

By 2015 95% of the weight of end-of-life vehicles should be reused or recycled
rather than going to landfill, 10% of which should be energy recovery. The thermal
treatment of ASR can result in high energy gains, while preventing the material
from reaching landfill. ASR can be treated at an advanced thermal... Full Content »
Contributor: Automotive IQ
Posted: Tue, 08/13/2013
Automotive Technology & Patent Management Survey

Automotive IQ is sponsoring a unique international conference for the auto industry on Technology & Patent Management. The conference will take place this October in Bonn, Germany. In preparation, we would appreciate if you could provide your insight by taking our brief survey below. It will take less than 3 minutes to complete and... Full Content »
20 results
of 2
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Wed, 05/14/2014
Peter Els

With a 10% reduction in vehicle weight achieving a 3-4% fuel saving, or as much as 5-7% if the power train is also downsized, it was only a matter of time before an OEM took the plunge with a radical approach to weight reduction on a high volume model.
At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford unveiled the production... Full Column »
Contributor: Rebecca Maschke
Posted: Wed, 11/21/2012
Automotive IQ Portal
A discussion with J÷rg Friedrich of Car Men GmbH about the latest trends in automotive seat design regarding material selection, craftsmanship and individualization for car buyers. Full Podcast »