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Lightweight Design worldwide

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 38–43 | Cite as

Improvement of Lightweight Design Quality through Interdisciplinary Cooperation

  • Benjamin Bader
  • Werner Berlin
  • Michael Demes
Design

The combination of fiber-reinforced plastic and light metals in combination with a steel shell design pushes the conventional development process to its limits. Scientists at Technische Universität Braunschweig are showing how hybrid lightweight design can be successful in large-scale automotive production through cooperation between design, joining and process technology.

The lightweight potential of steel shell design in large series bodies is largely exhausted by the use of high-strength steels. Hybrid metal-plastic composites are particularly suitable for reducing the weight of future vehicle components while targeting the same or increasing requirements. Semi-finished metal sheet products with reduced sheet thickness form the basis of multi-material design. In addition to the load-bearing metal structure, long- and continuous fiber-reinforced plastics in the form of thermoplastic, semi-finished products, such as consolidated tape scrims or organic sheets, are applied for load-path...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Bader
    • 1
  • Werner Berlin
  • Michael Demes
  1. 1.Technischen Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

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