145. Application of Mg Sheets in Car Body Structures

  1. Prof. Dr. K. U. Kainer
  1. F. Moll,
  2. M. Mekkaoui,
  3. S. Schumann and
  4. H. Friedrich

Published Online: 22 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527603565.ch145

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

Moll, F., Mekkaoui, M., Schumann, S. and Friedrich, H. (2003) Application of Mg Sheets in Car Body Structures, 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.ch145

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, Germany

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:

  • Mg sheets;
  • application in car body structures

Summary

An important factor in future vehicle development will be lightweight design, with the objective of lowering fuel consumption and emissions, and improving driving dynamics. A demonstration of feasibility of this objective is Volkswagen AG's 1-litre vehicle (i.e. fuel consumption of less than 1 litre per 100 kilometres). Its consumption was measured at 0.89 litres of diesel per 100 km on a journey from Wolfsburg to Hamburg.

Wrought magnesium alloys, which have higher levels of strength and ductility than cast alloys, are particularly suitable for lightweight applications in the car body and running gear, which together account for some 50% of the weight of the vehicle. With reference to the stress individual components are subjected to, calculations on mass requirement values, particularly as regards tensile strength, rigidity und flexural strength, showed considerable potential for weight savings by using magnesium as opposed to steel or aluminium. For magnesium sheets, this means that they are particularly suitable for thin components with large areas.