Adhesives are improving unibody strength and stiffness while reducing vehicle weight.
Senior Technical Editor, Automotive Design & Production
Auto industry veteran Larry Denton has been named president of the process engineering practice of Dearborn, Mich.-based Ghafari Associates LLC.
Chrysler Group LLC is expanding its use of a new soy acoustic foam that is easier to use, less dense and more recyclable than petroleum-based materials.
Another data point regarding the transition toward what may be considered non-traditional materials for automotive applications (unless, of course, said applications are for cars with (1) price tags that are generally at or above six figures or (2) use on Formula One circuits) comes from Dow Automotive Systems, which has recently opened two labs with a focus on developing carbon fiber composites.
Dow Chemical Co.'s automotive systems unit has opened laboratories in Europe and North America to help customers develop carbon fiber composite processing technology.
Ford Motor Co. and the Dow Automotive Systems unit of Dow Chemical Co. have agree to collaborate in a quest to find ways to use carbon-fiber composites in high-volume production vehicles.
Here’s another look (check out the May issue of AD&P for more) at the revolutionary diesel development by Audi that shows that diesel-powered cars can compete with—and beat—the best gasoline-powered sports cars.