Automotive Materials

Whether it is steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, magnesium , or something else, you’re going to find it in a car or truck and you’re going to find it here. Even wood. Really.

Jeep Goes Gladiator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 03, 2018 at 6:31 AM

According to Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand-North America, Jeep is the most-recognized vehicle on the planet, and while he is probably more than somewhat biased in this assessment, he is also probably right.

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2018 Jaguar E-PACE First Edition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2018 at 6:10 AM

The thing about the Jaguar E-PACE is that although this compact sport utility vehicle is said to have been inspired by the F-TYPE, which is a stunningly styled sports car, it seems that the E-PACE, blather about shared DNA notwithstanding, doesn’t have the punch nor the panache that the F-TYPE does, which may say more about the styling limits of the SUV form than it does the E-PACE in particular.

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Royal Composites

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 19, 2018 at 6:19 AM

While you might look at this picture and think, “Hmm, just a group of dressed-up people looking at some sort of unusually shaped object with a moderate amount of restrained interest”. . . . . .and while you wouldn’t necessarily be off the mark with that assessment, you might consider the picture somewhat differently know that: (1) The tall person (third from left) is the Duke of Cambridge, who could conceivably become the King of England (2) The object is a carbon fiber tub produced in the 7,000-square-meter facility they’re in, the brand-new McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Yorkshire.

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Engineering the GM Full-Size Truck

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 05, 2018 at 6:11 AM

Through the third quarter of 2018 General Motor delivered 424,403 Chevrolet Silverados and 152,242 GMC Sierras, for a total of 576,645 pickups, which is a big number, but given that there is another quarter to go before the books are closed on 2018, the numbers are going to end up much, much higher.

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Polestar 1 Crash Tested in Sweden

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 02, 2018 at 6:31 AM

This is the carbon fiber body of the Polestar 1, a low-volume hybrid that provides 600 hp and, perhaps so as to be a good global citizen, an electric-only range of 93 miles.

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What Life Cycle Assessment Means for Materials

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 23, 2018 at 7:46 AM

If you’ve ever wondered about what “life cycle assessment” (LCA) means in the context of addressing greenhouse gas emissions, a couple of graphics from the WorldAutoSteel organization makes it more understandable than it otherwise might be.

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The Ford Flathead V8: The Key Role of Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 22, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Not only did Henry Ford make automobiles accessible to everyone through the production of the Model T, but what isn’t as widely known is that he did the same thing for the V8 engine: He didn’t make the first V8, which had first appeared decades earlier, but in 1932, with the introduction of the Model 18 (better known as the “Ford V-8), which had a V8 under the hood, Ford created a more powerful engine (65 hp!) for the masses.

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Polymer Passes the Sniff Test—and Then Some

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 16, 2018 at 6:14 AM

Remember that “new car” smell?

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Audi and Aluminum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 12, 2018 at 9:32 AM

It seems almost a lifetime ago that Audi, thanks to the Audi Space Frame program that was initiated in 1983 and gave rise to the then-revolutionary aluminum-intensive A8 in 1994, was almost synonymous with aluminum, as the company developed and executed all manner of approaches to using the nonferrous material for vehicle construction.

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TPE Checks the Boxes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 02, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Plastics supplier KRAIBURG has developed a thermoplastic elastomer lineup—the VS/AD/HM series within the THERMOLAST K suite—that checks the boxes of scratch and abrasion resistance, chemical compatibility and UV stability. 

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Carbon Fiber Oil Valve

October 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Although the use of carbon-fiber reinforced composites tends to be focused on body panels or structures, there are other places where the material can provide benefits, such as in an oil control valve.

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2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 12, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Ordinarily where writing about the experiences with a car in this space, it generally goes to the various and sundry characterizes of the vehicle, ranging from the powertrain performance to the comfort of the seats, with a generous dash of specs added.

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