This review of automobile materials considers them mainly from the point of view of weight reduction. Primary emphasis and data are given to plastics (reinforced and unreinforced reaction injection molded ducts, and glass-fiber reinforced products), next in emphasis are clad metal products (especially stainless-steel-clad aluminum with a chrome flash for bumper faceplates). Typical automobile applications are given for these materials, their weight-saving possibilities are indicated, and manufacturing problems are discussed. A problem which has been a barrier to the application of plastics for structural parts has been that of "characterizing" the materials with sufficient completeness and precision for evaluation in finite element analysis programs.

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    Automotive Industries International

    Chilton Way
    Radnor, PA  United States  19089
  • Authors:
    • Wilson, R A
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

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  • Accession Number: 00314841
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM