Secondary Mass Changes in Vehicle Design Report

Vehicle design engineers intuitively know that an unplanned mass increase in a component during vehicle design has a ripple effect throughout the vehicle; subsystems need to be resized to function with this additional mass. This further increases vehicle mass even more than the initial mass increase. The phrase ‘mass begets mass’ describes this phenomenon. A […]

High Strain Rate Recommended Test Procedure

This download includes the following files in one Zip archive (>lMB). Round Robin Results Recommended Practice  

Steel Eliminates the Weight Gap with Aluminium for Car Bodies

FutureSteelVehicle Executive Summary & Reports – 2013 (PDF)

New NVH Approach

Files included in this package: New NVH Approach Report (PDF) (each can be downloaded individually)

Cost Models

As part of conducting the research and demonstration that surrounded the ULSAB-AVC (Advanced Vehicle Technologies), UltraLight Steel Auto Closures (ULSAC) and UltraLight Steel Auto Body (ULSAB) programmes, cost assessments were conducted to estimate the manufacturing cost of the concepts these programmes presented to the automotive community. Files included in this package: ULSAB-AVC_Cost_Model_C-Class_Vehicle_Sheet_Hydroformed_Door_Outer.xls ULSAB-AVC_Cost_Model_C-Class_Vehicle_Stamped_Door_Outer.xls ULSAB-AVC_Cost_Model_Midsize-Class_Vehicle_Sheet_Hydroformed_Door_Outer.xls ULSAB-AVC_Cost_Model_Midsize-Class_Vehicle_Stamped_Door_Outer.xls ULSAB_Cost_Model_Generic_Reference.xls ULSAB_Vehicles_Cost_Model.xls […]

FutureSteelVehicle Results and Reports

This download includes the following files: OVERVIEW REPORT ENGINEERING REPORT PHASE 1 STUDY PHASE 1 EXEC SUM Press Release

Advanced High-Strength Steels Application Guidelines V5

Comprehensive best practices from around the world on forming, joining and manufacturing the newest in advanced steels for automotive applications. Files included in this package: AHSS Guidelines V5 Case Studies Press Release (each can be downloaded individually)

Mass Reduction Report

Vehicles have historically been predominately made from conventional steel. Competition of OEMs and governmental demands for safer, lighter and more fuel economic cars led to the market entry of new materials such as new high-strength steels or aluminium. In this study especially the potential mass reduction impact of aluminium in comparison to conventional steels as […]

Design Advisor

The Design Advisor software, available for free download here, allows vehicle design decision makers to quickly and accurately examine material selection tradeoffs in terms of mass, cost and greenhouse gas emissions savings.  Design Advisor, developed by Dr. Don Malen of University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, provides an easy-to-use Microsoft Excel file format that allows users […]

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