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, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 6–11 | Cite as

New Lightweight Construction Concepts in Sheet Metal Forming

  • Mathias Liewald
  • Matthias Schneider
  • Stefan Walzer
Cover Story Lightweight Metals

Constant increasing demands on the lightweight construction of thin-walled, structurally stiff and functional components are influencing the construction of sheet metal parts for vehicle bodies. Therefore at the Institute of Forming Technology at the University of Stuttgart, new solution approaches for the specific use and processing of lightweight materials like modern magnesium und aluminium alloys are being pursued and also implemented prototypically.

The trend towards saving resources and lightweight design is still the dominant motivation for the majority of development projects in industry as well as in research at IFU. Future sheet metal components are designed to have higher stiffness and toughness properties and reduced weight at the same time. In addition to the research efforts in the fields of classical lightweight construction, topics of an increased functional integration into the component made of sheet metal are also pursued in a constructive sense and, more recently,...


Magnesium Alloy Sheet Metal Folding Axis Folding Structure Lightweight Material 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mathias Liewald
    • 1
  • Matthias Schneider
    • 1
  • Stefan Walzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Metal Forming Technology (IFU)University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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