15-17 May 2018 Bad Nauheim, Germany

Materials in Car Body Engineering 2018

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15-17 May 2018 Bad Nauheim, Germany

Materials in Car Body Engineering 2018

New Horizons

Much has been reached in modern car body lightweight design – reaching further substantial weight reduction is no longer dominating the discussion on car body material concepts as it did some years ago. All the more, today’s goal is to secure what has been reached and to transfer this onto new challenges. Electrification of the power train brings about new demands on car body construction and material choice. Increasing model variety, global production concepts, higher production efficiency, greater robustness and performance of the car body require the constant development of all car body material classes and their industrial applicability – plus, on the horizon, autonomous driving is coming up, and brings with it questions on the future materials concepts and performance demands on the car body of such cars.

Clarifying what material concepts are possible today and which will be viable in the foreseeable future is the goal of the annual Automotive Circle conference on Materials in Car Body Engineering, which again brings together its global network of expert automobile engineers on Bad Nauheim from 15 to 17 May, to review and debate newest material developments on a high technical level.

MODULE 1: COMPOSITE AND HYBRID MATERIALS

> Fibre reinforced plastics

  • Volume series production technologies
  • Joining technologies for homogeneous and mixed-material joints
  • Validation and simulation of CFRP parts and constructions
  • Materials-specific car body architectures
  • Non-carbon-fibre reinforced plastics

> Material mix within car body parts: Hybrid materials and their application

MODULE 2: STEEL AND LIGHT METALS

> Further development of steel applications

  • 2nd and 3rd-generation AHSS
  • Press-hardened steels, tailored tempering
  • Corrosion protection
  • Alloys and semi-finished goods with new property combinations

> Progress in aluminium usage

  • Market situation, economic viability, standardisation
  • Attainable mechanical strengths
  • Hot-forming of Al; corresponding process technology
  • Joining technology as a lightweight-design enabler
  • Semi-finished goods, complex die-cast parts

> Possibilities for magnesium

  • Realistic lightweight design potential, market situation
  • Use cases in the car body
  • Corrosion protection issues, challenges caused by Mg anisotropy

OVERLAPPING SESSION FOR BOTH MODULES

> Current OEM car body material concepts
> Novel approaches to an intensive material mix
> New materials: Material properties of additively manufactured components

Programme out now
Materials in Car Body Engineering

Programme coordination

Dr. Dirk Meine

Dr. Dirk Meine

Presidium
Automotive Circle
T +49 511 9910-319

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Conference organsation

Kirsten Heni

Kirsten Heni

Event Manager
Automotive Circle
T +49 511 9910-378

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