145. Application of Mg Sheets in Car Body Structures
- Prof. Dr. K. U. Kainer
Published Online: 22 APR 2005
Copyright © 2004 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
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
GKSS-Forschungszentrum, Institut für Werkstoffforschung, Max-Planck-Straße, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany
- Published Online: 22 APR 2005
- Published Print: 27 NOV 2003
Print ISBN: 9783527309757
Online ISBN: 9783527603565
- Mg sheets;
- application in car body structures
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.