By Subodh K. Das
A dialogue of the latest advancements in aluminum and magnesium alloys program within the automobile marketplace, those lawsuits disguise actual and strategy metallurgy of aluminum and magnesium castings, extrusions, composites, and sheet; alloy processing; constitution and houses characterization; advertisement and pilot purposes within the automobile marketplace; and know-how and performance.Content:
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Critical requirements of a l u m i n u m and steel c o m p a n i e s ' strategies ■ It is conceivable that 50 years from now, carbon-fiber or other high strength and stiffness composites may be developed for car body applications. But for the next 20 to 25 years, plastics/composities will not be a serious significant player in car bodies. 50), aluminum will begin to capture a greater share of car bodies for small (40k) and medium (100k) production run car models. Plastic/composites will continue to lose ground to both steels and aluminum for car body over the next 20 years.
This means that every process step must be optimized in order to achieve the best combination of sheet properties. The objective of the project is to meet quality standards for the aluminum alloy sheet product at a lower cost by optimization of the crystallographic texture. The three key components, casting, rolling, and annealing, require modeling of the physical parameters, such as fluid flow, plastic deformation and heat flow. The intent is to capture the microstructural evolution during each step into the current modeling tools.
These tools are currently being used to machine MMC samples. Metal removal rate, surface finish, and tool life are being studied. Early indications are that high removal rates and long tool lives are possible. Recycling The acceptance of aluminum- and magnesium-intensive vehicles of the future may depend upon whether they can be cost-effectively recycled. The Argonne National Laboratory is currently developing a long-range plan for OAAT to address R&D needed to insure this. An initial plan should be available sometime in 1999.