Aluminum Auto Parts Reduce Car Weight by Half
The automobile manufacturing industry has been using aluminum auto parts for many years now. Most of the cars that have been produced in the last few decades have parts that have been made from aluminum die casts. These parts include valve covers, aluminum alloy wheels, carburetors, and some specialty hardware components.
The concept was already afloat in the 1950s and 1960s when a researcher created car parts out of metal sheets that can be stretched five times more than those formed by standard techniques in molding. This made the conclusion that aluminum is a more cost-effective material in manufacturing auto parts.
Carmakers are aware that they will easily be able to shape aluminum auto parts as techniques are continuously being developed. Car parts made out of aluminum would be lighter and therefore, more fuel-efficient. The problem is that the metal often tears whenever they are stamped into shape. An automobile body’s weight can be reduced to half if aluminum will be used instead of steel. However, aluminum is still quite hard to form and shape.
Scientists have developed a process that combines the traditional metal stamping processes with electromagnetic forming technology. This hybrid of technology can then produce excellent auto parts without the aluminum getting torn in the process. The tool stamps the general shape of the automotive part while the electromagnetic pulses are in charge of helping form and refine the details.
With studies being conducted nonstop to perfect the processing of aluminum without tearing it, soon more and more aluminum auto parts will be incorporated into newly manufactured cars.
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