161. Mg-Chassis — Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Automotive Chassis Components through Extensible and Sustainable Use of Mg Alloys

  1. Prof. Dr. K. U. Kainer
  1. Alexandra Ziese,
  2. Gerald Rausch,
  3. Dirk Lehmhus and
  4. Thorsten Müller

Published Online: 22 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527603565.ch161

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

Ziese, A., Rausch, G., Lehmhus, D. and Müller, T. (2003) Mg-Chassis — Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Automotive Chassis Components through Extensible and Sustainable Use of Mg Alloys, 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.ch161

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing and Advanced Materials (IFAM), 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:

  • magnesium;
  • casting;
  • automotive application;
  • lightweight

Summary

The European project Mg-Chassis pools competence and efforts of ten partners to study and solve problems associated with use of Mg alloys for automotive chassis components. The aim of the project is to establish low cost production routes which fulfil the specific requirements for this demanding area of application. As benchmark for the project's achievements, the proven commercial alloy AZ91 has been selected. Individual activities of the project are grouped around a central task, Process Study and Selection, which integrates evaluation and adaptation of principal casting techniques and secondary operations aimed at improving material characteristics (e.g. liquid HIPing). Among the specific tasks, Design and Requirements is focused on selection and design of demonstrator components and compilation of design guidelines, which are subject to constant update based on project results. Alloy Development will draw on needs identified by the former task and propose new material compositions to match these. Properties of new alloys will be evaluated via tasks like Mechanical Testing and Corrosion and Surface Treatment. As a further aspect fundamental for integrating these materials in existing process chains, Joining is given similar importance. Final achievements are measured via Component Testing. The project is clustered with other European activities in the area of magnesium technology for automotive use. The consortium includes leading European car manufacturers and automotive suppliers as well as a magnesium producer and research institutes supplying expertise on diverse fields of materials' characteristics and processing. Within this consortium, Fraunhofer IFAM takes the role of the co-ordinator and is involved in the development and adaptation of casting processes.