Description

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 brings together a wealth of information on automotive materials and material technologies to provide designers and vehicle body engineers with both a solid grounding and a quick reference to inform their material choices. Coverage 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.

Key Features

  • Up-to-date detailed information on contemporary autobody materials, incorporating the explanation often lacking in other data-focused resources
  • Includes informative and insightful case studies on the materials and processing choices of major OEMs, including Honda, BMW and Audi
  • Now with more on geographical supply and usage trends, environmental concerns and end of life disassembly considerations, and how these affect selection choices

Readership

Automotive engineers; Design engineers, materials specialists and production supervisors seeking a quick, easy to read reference to inform the automotive material decision process; Graduate students of automotive/ mechanical design and materials science.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

CHAPTER 1. Introduction

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Overview of content

1.3 Materials overview

1.4 General format of presentation

1.5 Introduction to body architecture and terminology

References

CHAPTER 2. Design and material utilization

Objective

Content

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Historical perspective and evolving materials technology

2.3 Finite element analysis

2.4 One manufacturer’s approach to current design

2.5 Panel dent resistance and stiffness testing

2.6 Fatigue

2.7 Alternative body architecture

2.8 Integration of materials into designs

2.9 Engineering requirements for plastic and composite components

2.10 Cost analysis

Learning points

References

CHAPTER 3. Materials for consideration and use in automotive body structures

Objective

Content

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Material candidates and selection criteria

3.3 Steel

3.4 Aluminum

3.5 Magnesium

3.6 Polymers and composites

3.7 Repair

Learning points

References

CHAPTER 4. The role of demonstration, concept and competition cars

Objective

Content

4.1 Introduction

4.2 The ECV 3 and ASVT

4.3 Collaborative development programs

4.4 Concept cars

4.5 Competition cars

4.6 Rally cars

4.7 Hypercars

Learning points

References

CHAPTER 5. Component manufacture

Objective

Content

5.1 Steel formability

5.2 Aluminum formability

5.3 Manufacture of components in magnesium

5.4 Production of polymer parts

Learning points

References

CHAPTER 6. Component assembly

Objective

Content

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Welding

6.3 Adhesive bonding

6.4 Weldbonding

6.5 Mechanical fastening

Learning poin

Details

No. of pages:
416
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Butterworth-Heinemann
Print ISBN:
9780080969794
Electronic ISBN:
9780080969800

Reviews

"Overall…an excellent book.  I would have no hesitation recommending it to those studying automotive engineering or automotive materials, as well as engineers in the early stages of their careers in body engineering, materials and manufacturing roles."--Materials World February 2013, page 52