146. Experimental Comparison of Automotive Oil Pans: Creep Resistant Magnesium Alloy vs. Aluminum Alloy

  1. Prof. Dr. K. U. Kainer
  1. P. Vert1,
  2. X.P. Niu2,
  3. E. Aghion3 and
  4. A. Stickler4

Published Online: 22 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527603565.ch146

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

Vert, P., Niu, X.P., Aghion, E. and Stickler, A. (2003) Experimental Comparison of Automotive Oil Pans: Creep Resistant Magnesium Alloy vs. Aluminum Alloy, 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.ch146

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Tesma International INC, Concord (Canada)

  2. 2

    Toral Cast-Light Metal Technologies, Concord (Canada)

  3. 3

    Dead Sea Magnesium Ltd, Beer-Sheva (Israel)

  4. 4

    Magna Advanced Technologies, Aurora (Canada)

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:

  • automotive oil pans;
  • experimental comparison;
  • creep resistance;
  • magnesium alloy;
  • aluminum alloy

Summary

The objective of this work is to compare the static and dynamic properties between aluminum and magnesium in a complex and functional geometry. A series of comparative tests were conducted on two geometrically-identical automotive oil pans, one produced from A380 aluminum – pulled directly from its high-volume production line – and a second produced in a casting trial using Dead Sea Magnesium's MRI 153M creep-resistant magnesium alloy. Stiffness and flexural modes were determined using holographic laser interferometry. Natural frequencies, modal behavior, and damping ratios were analyzed via hammer-impact excitations. The creep behavior of the MRI 153M alloy was compared to A380 via ultrasonic measurement of the bolt load retention (BLR) on the sealing face of the oil pans that were installed on two road test vehicles.