Composite cohesion

Excell, Jon
October 2004
Engineer (00137758);10/8/2004, Vol. 293 Issue 7661, p49
This article reports that traditional welding techniques are being replaced by mechanical fastening and adhesive bonding. The requirement for weight savings, lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions bas led to a growing trend in automotive manufacture to combine different materials such as steel, aluminium, or polymer composites. This May Great Britain's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) dispatched a team of the British industry experts to gauge the current hybrid construction practice in France and Germany, generally considered to be the most technically advanced techniques in this area. The growing use of adhesives in automotive applications is backed up by a new piece of market research. The DTI team, in its fact-finding tour, discovered several technologies that could lead the way to full hybrid construction. INSET: FUTURISTIC APPROACH.


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