WEIGHT REDUCTION WORKSHOP: THE USE OF HIGH STRENGTH STEELS IN AUTOMOBILES

This paper was presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers Jubilee Conference, Melborune, May 1977 as paper 14. It discusses the use of formable high strength steels (hsla steels) which can offer a new way to reduce vehicle weight at little, if any, cost increase to the automotive manufacturer. It suggests the use of hsla steels in the manufacture of components of cars such as bumper supports, engine mounts and side rails; chassis components such as wheels, rear axle, clutch and torque converter housing; body components such as door beams and seat frames. In the longer term it is probable that hsla steels could be used for inner and outer body panels. It is concluded, that if hsla steels are used to best advantage a weight reduction of 100 kg could be achieved in a 1500 kg vehicle. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers

    191 Royal Parade
    Parkville, Victoria 3052,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Hobbs, R M
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 20-25
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183638
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM