Adhesive bonding of steel structures may make them even stronger, according to a paper from Dow Automotive engineer Mansour Mirdamadi. Dow chemists have optimized the company's fracture toughened, one-component epoxy adhesives for use with AHSS. These highest-performing adhesives in this class typically have a modulus above 1,000 MPa and impact resistance across a wide temperature range (-40 to 80C). In his presentation, Mirdamadi describes a study that examined the role of structural adhesives in improving side-impact crash performance on a mini-van in IIHS tests. The results showed that an adhesive-bonded B-pillar structure offered a 5.4 mm intrusion improvement compared to a baseline design that uses no adhesive to supplement welding. In the same paper, he also lays out the significant contributions of fracture toughened adhesives to body stiffness and NVH.
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
The complexity of diesel engines means optimizing their performance requires a large amount of experimentation. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a very useful and intuitive tool in this, and cold flow analysis using CFD is an ideal approach to study the flow characteristics without going into the details of chemical reactions occurring during the combustion.
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