Materials on Wheels: Moving to Lighter Auto-bodies

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Paritud Bhandhubanyong
John T. H. Pearce


The weight of the automobile body has been the serious concerned as it has negative effect on the fuel consumption and pollution emission. Steel materials have been applied as body parts since the beginning of the automotive industry development. Continuous research and development in term of composition, melting and refining, heat treating, etc., resulted in variety of many high quality materials such as Dual -Phase (DP) Steel, Transformation-Induced Plasticity Steel (TRIP) , Interstitial Free (IF) Steel., etc. Non ferrous and reinforce polymers are also applied as alternatives for lighter weight and ease of fabrication. Historical development of these materials with technical implication is discussed with the aim for better understanding of materials application for body parts.


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Bhandhubanyong, P., & Pearce, J. T. H. (2019). Materials on Wheels: Moving to Lighter Auto-bodies. NTERNATIONAL CIENTIFIC OURNAL F NGINEERING ND ECHNOLOGY (ISJET), 2(1), 27-36. etrieved from
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