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, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 12–15 | Cite as

Ultra-High-Strength Aluminium Alloys — Vehicle Production’s Next Big Thing

  • Andreas Afseth
Cover Story Lightweight Metals

Ultra-high-strength aluminium alloys could threaten steel’s leading position for strength constrained vehicle parts. With the same strength, they allow significant weight savings compared to Ultra High Strength Steel (UHSS). for material processing companies such as Constellium the material poses a formability challenge — which specific processing steps can address.

As a measure to combat climate change, the European Union has committed itself to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a total of 20 % by 2020. This objective also covers the transport sector, which causes about 26 % of the EU‘s total emissions. According to the regulation, the CO2 emissions of the European car fleet should be reduced — stepwise to 95 g CO2/km by 2020 [1].

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is not only on the policital agenda in the European Union. The governments of many other countries had enacted laws to reduce emissions including limit values as well. The US and Canada, which want to reach a limit of 97 g...


Aluminium Alloy Automotive Industry Solution Heat Treatment Press Hardening Conventional Steel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Afseth
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  1. 1.Constellium’s Automotive DivisionVoreppeFrance

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