Posts tagged "Aluminum"

“Form follows function” is a maxim credited to early 20th century architect, Louis Sullivan, in relation to architectural and industrial design, inferring that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Form also follows function in vehicle lightweighting. With 2025 CAFE standards targeting 54.5 mpg per […]

Like the Tower of London, automotive shock towers are built to survive brutal conditions outside and maintain stability. Often referred to as the workhorse of a vehicle, this part of a vehicle’s suspension system keeps it supported and stable. It takes a great deal of load in harsh under-vehicle environment, while maintaining its structural integrity […]

With 2025 CAFE standards on the horizon mandating an average 54.5 mpg per vehicle, automakers and suppliers are examining every vehicle component and manufacturing process to subtract weight. Remove a few ounces here and a pound there, and suddenly an automaker may realize a vehicle weight reduction of 600 to 700 pounds. It’s not enough […]

Just as a knight protects itself with the use of a shield, vehicles are shielded from corrosion through the use of coatings. In an effort to meet CAFE standards, new metals are being used in engine and powertrain designs. According to the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), using lightweight components and high-efficiency engines enabled […]

Have you ever tried to fix your child’s broken toy and found that when bonding two dissimilar materials, your conventional bonding method didn’t work? In the automotive industry, as OEMs are exploring new material choices to help meet the 2025 CAFE standards, this is a common occurrence as well. Light metals like high-strength steel and […]

If you’ve ever played recreational baseball or softball, you know the different weight of bats can have a dramatic effect on how much energy you need to put into your swing to drive the ball. Why does this happen? Different material composition of the bats. When it comes to vehicles, material composition plays a similar […]

Fall is upon us, which means soon we’ll be scrambling for our winter coats to see if they’re in good enough shape to make it another season. Just like the fact that you want to buy a winter coat that will be high quality to last more than a season, you want your car’s exterior […]

Imagine you have a blank canvas before you to paint. Instead of painting with just one color, you use multiple colors. Each time you switch colors, you dip your brush in water. What happens to that water? After a while it starts to get dark and dirty in appearance. However, you utilize techniques to keep […]

Every year, people from around the world are drawn to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). There’s no question that anyone visiting this year’s show will walk away with vehicle lightweighting top of mind. From the all-aluminum body of the Ford F-150 to the use of carbon fiber in the Chevrolet Corvette […]

Imagine a ball of clay. You can roll it, cut it and mold it into any shape or object you want. Take that image and replace it with a solid block of metal. That block of metal can also be molded and formed through the use of dies via various processes such as stamping, casting, […]