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Aluminum in a Mixed-Material Automotive World – LMA October Issue Now Available!

The October 2014 issue of Light Metal Age is now available. The digital edition has been released to subscribers and the print edition will be shipped next week.

The cover features the Lotus Evora sports car, which has a multi-material structure utilizing aluminum, steel, and composite materials. The Evora chassis is primarily constructed of aluminum sheet and extrusions joined using adhesive bonding and self-piercing rivets (a process called riv-bonding) for the front and center modules and a steel rear structure to support the engine and suspension. Lotus uses a variety of innovative joining technologies in the design of its multi-material vehicles. Gregory E. Peterson, Lotus Engineering, in his article in this issue, discusses non-traditional joining technologies used in the automotive industry.

Feature Articles include:

  • Automotive in a Mixed-Material World – GALM: Optimizing Design, Joining Techniques, and Material Capabilities, While Reducing Cost, by Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor
  • Vitex Extrusion: The Total Turnaround – From Aging Plant to Nimble, Value-Added Manufacturer
  • Overview of Non-Traditional Joining Technologies for Multi-Material Vehicle Structures, by Gregory E. Peterson, Lotus Engeering
  • SCM Commissions Unique Remelt Plant: First in the World to Horizontally Cast 14″ Billet
  • CIAC – Aluminum Industry Challenges and Opportunities: Game Changing Developments in Transportation Sectors, by Andrea Svendsen
  • Defects Affecting Extruded Surface – Speed Cracking, by Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Characterization of the Aging Behavior and the Formability of 6xxx Al Alloys for Automotive Applications, by Ramona Prillhofer, Josef Berneder, and Josef Enser, AMAG Rolling GmbH
  • Extrusion Press Icon Returns to the U.S. – Built in America, Engineered in Germany
  • Constellium: Expanding Investment and Increasing Capacity to Supply Auto Solutions to OEMs
  • Design, Regulation, and Positioning of Modern Container Heating Systems, by Christian Eckenbach, Marx GmbH
  • On the Future of Automotive Lightweighting: Body Design Coming Out of the Niche, by Christian Kleinhans, Berylls Strategy Advisors

Editorial departments include the editorial, “Lightweight E-Type Recalls Jaguar’s Aluminum-Bodied Past and Present,” a New Equipment Spotlight about the new pot ramming machine from STAS, and a review of automotive-focused international patents, as well as coverage of Automotive News, Extruder News, and Contracts & Expansions.

If you would like to receive a copy of the October issue, as well as future issues of Light Metal Age, subscribe online today!

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