Multi-Material Adhesive Joining in the Automotive Sector
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Aston Martin uses lightweight materials in combination with adhesive bonding technology to manufacture its vehicles Body-in-White and this Chapter gives an overview of the motivations, advantages and challenges behind this choice.
A detailed material breakdown and associated joining processes is presented, showing how Aston Martin succeeded in manufacturing a leading performance multi-material automotive body structure. It is also highlighted how joint design and materials selection were carried out for structural and semi-structural applications.
It is demonstrated how adhesive bonding technology and processes were developed and optimised to overcome some of the challenges associated with low volume manufacturing of lightweight, multi-material automotive structures.
KeywordsSpot Welding Adhesive Joint Resistance Spot Welding Moisture Uptake Body Panel
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