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Case Study: Automotive Door Panel Case

The aim of this resource is to support advanced teaching of materials selection where real-life applications are desirable. In this case study, we have investigated the lightweighting of an automotive exterior door panel. Inspired by the plastic panels in the Smart ForTwo car, we studied the suitability of this class of material as a replacement for steel. The selection procedure is described in detail and the result is then compared with the actual material used in the car.

Authors | Institution:
Claes Fredriksson, Charlie Bream | Granta Design
Type | Language | Year:
PDF | English | 2015
Keywords
Plastic, Trade-Off, Industrial Case Study, Objective, Constraint, Steel, Function, Case study, Materials selection, Materials, Performance Indices, Teaching, Automotive,
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