Design, Optimization and Reliability of Magnesium Safety Vehicle Parts

  1. Prof. Dr.-Ing. K. U. Kainer
  1. Yehuda Tzabari1,
  2. Israel Reich2 and
  3. Yoel Bahalul2

Published Online: 15 MAY 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607552.ch60

Magnesium Alloys and their Applications

Magnesium Alloys and their Applications

How to Cite

Tzabari, Y., Reich, I. and Bahalul, Y. (2000) Design, Optimization and Reliability of Magnesium Safety Vehicle Parts, in Magnesium Alloys and their Applications (ed K. U. Kainer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607552.ch60

Editor Information

  1. GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH, Institut für Werkstofforschung, Max-Planck- Straße, D-21502 Geesthacht, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    Israel Institute of Metals, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

  2. 2

    Ortal Diecasting LTD. Kibbutz Neve-Ur, Israel

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAY 2006
  2. Published Print: 20 SEP 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527302826

Online ISBN: 9783527607556

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Keywords:

  • design;
  • magnesium alloys;
  • interior safety parts;
  • optimization;
  • FEM analysis

Summary

This paper describes the development of three interior safety parts, airbag housing, steering wheel and seat component from preliminary design to commercial mass production. For all the parts the development process includes loading characterization material selection and testing, static and dynamic nonlinear finite element analyses, prototype diecasting production, X-ray examination and static, impact and fatigue acceptance tests for reliable parts. The design optimization is then considered to reduce weight as well as price production. The optimization results are discussed as a function of diecasting parameters, mechanical properties of specimens that were taken from different critical part zones, X-rays and fatigue tests. Development and design recommendations are presented based on the above experience and study.