143. Module Design Concept for Lightweight Automotive Seats

  1. Prof. Dr. K. U. Kainer
  1. Young Jin Ko,
  2. Jae Joong Kim,
  3. Soon Chan Park,
  4. Jong Myung Kim and
  5. Jong Dae Lim

Published Online: 22 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527603565.ch143

Magnesium: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications

Magnesium: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications

How to Cite

Ko, Y. J., Kim, J. J., Park, S. C., Kim, J. M. and Lim, J. D. (2003) Module Design Concept for Lightweight Automotive Seats, in Magnesium: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications (ed K. U. Kainer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527603565.ch143

Editor Information

  1. GKSS-Forschungszentrum, Institut für Werkstoffforschung, Max-Planck-Straße, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany

Author Information

  1. Hyundai Motor Company, Whasung, Republic of Korea

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 APR 2005
  2. Published Print: 27 NOV 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527309757

Online ISBN: 9783527603565

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Keywords:

  • module design concept;
  • lightweight automotive seats

Summary

In recent, there are getting demands increase of multi functional requirement on seat system, such as, convenience and safety aspects. Consequently, it makes automakers focus on the development of lightweight structural seats. Magnesium is being emerged as an alternative selection due to the combination of superior castability and possibility of integrated seat design, which also, could be realized competitive cost. To meet these goals, we conducted a finite element analysis and computed flow simulation for reinforced stiffness and minimized casting defects. On the basis of the integrated design concepts, more than 30 steel parts were modularized to two pieces and the welding processes were eliminated. As a result of that, 50% of weight reduction could be achieved by allowing the minimum cost increase. We found out several additional advantages, such as, the feasibility of modular concept and easy to convert from the current steel structure.