Materials for Automobile Bodies

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Butterworth-Heinemann, Oct 21, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 304 pages
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The selection of automobile body materials is fundamental to the choice of fabrication method, and the characteristics and performance of the final vehicle or component. The factors behind these choices comprise some of the key technological and design issues facing automotive engineers today.

Materials for Automobile Bodies presents detailed up-to-date information on material technologies for the automobile industry, embracing steels (including high-strength steels) aluminium, plastics, magnesium, hydro-forming and composite body panels. Coverage also includes: materials processing; formability; welding and joining; anti-corrosion technologies; plus a comprehensive consideration of the implications of materials selection on these processes. Dealing with the whole assembly process from raw material to production, right through to recycling at the end of a vehicle's life, this book is the essential resource for practising engineers, designers, analysts and students involved in the design and specification of motor vehicle bodies and components.

* Up-to-date information on contemporary autobody materials
* International case studies, examples and terminology
* Fully illustrated throughout, with examples from Honda, Ferrari, Lotus, BMW and Audi
 

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Contents

body
1
2 Design and material utilization
10
3 Materials for consideration and use in automotive body structures
61
4 The role of demonstrationI concept and competition cars
99
5 Homponent manufacture
130
6 Component assembly materials joining technology
170
7 Corrosion and protection of the automotive structure
189
8 Environmental considerations
220
9 Future trends in automotive body materials
252
index
271
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Following 10 years with Richard Thomas and Baldwins Ltd. (now Corus) engaged mainly on research into sheet steel products destined for the automotive industry, a further 35 years was spent on materials technology focused on the car body. This included spells at The Pressed Steel Company, Austin-Morris, BL Technology, Rover and finally BMW UK. Experience included all aspects of material selection raging from sheet steel to aluminium and polymers together with a detailed knowlege of most processing aspects such as pressing, painting and welding. Corrosion prevention was a major feature of recent years and collaborative work with Oxford University helped optimise the use of zinc coated steels on current bodywork.

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