Automotive Materials

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Whether it is steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, magnesium , or something else, you’re going to find it in a car or truck and you’re going to find it here. Even wood. Really.

ARTICLES

  • Automotive Materials
  • Plastics: The Tortoise and the Hare

    Plastic may not be in the news as much as some automotive materials these days, but its gram-by-gram assimilation could accelerate dramatically.

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  • The Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Center: A Look Inside

    Here is a photographic tour of the recently opened Jaguar Land Rover engine plant in the West Midlands.

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  • Introducing the Ford F-150: Aluminum but a Whole Lot More

    While Ford has reset the stakes in the light-duty pickup market with the aluminum-intensive F-150, that’s not the whole story of what they’ve done to this new generation of America’s best-selling vehicle.

  • Automotive Materials
  • Creating a Low-Cost Chassis Architecture

    The engineers at Zenos Cars have combined recycled carbon fiber, drinking straws and aluminum to create a chassis for a low-volume sports car.

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  • Advancing Materials Through Advanced Research & Development @ DuPont

    Jeff Sternberg—a chemist—is helping automakers achieve their lightweight objectives as he is DuPont’s global automotive technology director.

    BLOGS

    McLaren/Carbon Fiber

    As the industry is in the midst of what can only be described as a “Materials Revolution,” the concentration is mainly on advanced high-strength steel and aluminum, with some making consideration of carbon fiber composites, although this is still an outlier.

    2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC

    While it is still early going, at this point in 2015 I have to say that of all of the vehicles that I have had the opportunity to drive, the Mercedes GLA250 4MATIC is quite simply the most enjoyable of all.

    Art of the Bike: Honda BULLDOG

    One might think that a concept motorcycle named the “BULLDOG” would have had as its design theme something along the lines of “Tough and tenacious.” Yet as is often the case with design programs, the development theme was rather, um, non-tough-and-tenacious.