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patb2009
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Re: Steel is the way to go
patb2009   3/17/2014 3:12:19 AM
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I think Hi Strength Steel has a lot to add but, if you really want to move, the needle,

it's going to be Aluminum and FRP Plastics.  Ford has had some great results with

a HSS steel frame for the F-150 and Aluminum chassis.  

 

 

 

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/26/2014 2:01:51 PM
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Alcoa has said it's working on getting aluminum strong enough to go into a car frame, but I suspect that will be awhile before that's really possible.



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Ford F-150
Charles Murray   1/15/2014 8:47:00 PM
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It's interesting to take note of the story of the Ford F-150, which emerged this week. Most of the news stories have focused on the use of aluminum in the F-150. However...Ford made extensive use of high-strength steels in the frame. We'll have a story on this early next week.

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Re: Steel is the way to go
Charles Murray   1/8/2014 9:15:23 PM
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I'd like to believe that, far911.

Debera Harward
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Debera Harward   1/8/2014 12:35:29 AM
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Far 911 i agree with you that this is the booming industry and we can see abrupt changes and innovation in technology every now and then . We cannot just stick on one technology and think that this will last for 3 to 4 years because every day even every minute people are just thinking innovatively to bring changes and enhancements in the technology .

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far911   1/7/2014 11:46:02 PM
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Charles, i guess the pace with which this industry is heading, they will achieve their target before 2025.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   1/7/2014 6:32:57 PM
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Great article, Ronald. Continued efforts in lightweighting -- such as the FutureSteelVehicle --will be critical as the automotive industry heads toward its 2025 target of 54.5 mpg.

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Steel is the way to go
naperlou   1/7/2014 1:59:26 PM
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Ronald, this is very interesting stuff.  I personally think that, for automobiles, steel is the way to go.  Finding ways to design steel cars with lighter weight is very important.  The reason I say this is that steel is very eaisly recycled.  I have concerns about the composites used in autos, partly because of crashwortiness concerns and partly becuase of environmental concerns. 

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Kyoshi   1/7/2014 10:48:15 AM
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In my experience most of the domestic automakers will use the very latest in technology only if they can buy it complete from a supplier with the supplier taking all the risk of implementation.  If the automaker performs any of the manufacturing operations on the component they will be extremely slow to adapt new technologies, or even move backwards to a previous manufacturing method.

One example I am personally familar with is when a major automaker changed from a tailor welded blank for a bodyside stamping to a uniform thickness steel coil, even with a cost penalty of $2.00 per vehicle.

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