Strategic Development of Lightweight Platforms Made of Steel
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Successful lightweight steel design in large-scale automotive production requires the strategic use of optimization methods already in the early development phase. The Swedish automotive company NEVS relies on Altair's C123 method for simulation-driven and cross-vehicle lightweight design.
Steel Dominates Mass Production
While there is an ever-increasing trend to apply new materials and material mixes to car body designs in order to optimize vehicle weight, the automotive industry still mainly uses steel - especially when it comes to mass production. On the one hand, this is due to the material's excellent workability, and on the other hand, this is because of the numerous new developments in the area of high strength steels, which enable a thinner wall thickness and hence less weight while offering a constant stiffness. This is why the automotive industry expects steel to be the dominant material in the automotive sector also in the next 20 years. In order to reach the ambitious...