Technical Path and Case Analysis of Lightweight Forward Engineering for Vehicle Development  and Design 
I.D. # C1904 Duration 2 Days

The importance of weight reduction in vehicle design is well known. In recent years, OEMs have been working on vehicle lightweight research and application, particularly for new energy vehicles. Currently, many Chinese OEMs establish a lightweight target and expect that weight savings will be distributed among the vehicle¿s various systems.  This tends to keep the weight reduction effort at the level of parts or partial weight loss design development and application. To be truly effective, vehicle lightweight design and development must be a top-level sequential engineering process, which is gradually distributed and implemented from top to bottom following a reasonable technical route. The Chinese automobile has experienced significant improvements in functional design, performance design, quality design, and is now moving towards robust design and lightweight sequential engineering. This course is designed to meet the needs of the OEM to teach the concept of lightweight sequential engineering and typical lightweight cases of body-in-white (BIW) parts.  In addition, the basic technical path and top-level design methods are presented through two complete cases of both a traditional vehicle and an ultra-light new energy vehicle for understanding the vehicle lightweight design process.

Learning Objectives
By attending this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand how to lightweight materials and processes rationally through benchmarking, comparative analysis of various materials and processes, as well as case sharing
  • Identify the lightweight design principles and evaluation methods
  • Identify the vehicle development and design path and method by the case study of typical body lightweight development cases
  • Identify the vehicle light-weighting sequential development steps and methods by the case introduction of the vehicle project management

Who Should Attend

OEM vehicle design and development, process, manufacturing or assembly engineers, vehicle integration, program management, etc.


Engineers participating in the course must have at least basic automotive product development and design experience, or R&D technical management experience; and have a certain understanding of related materials and processes.

Instructor(s): Cao Du

Mr. Cao has been working in the field of automotive BIW and interior & exterior product design and development in North America for nearly 20 years. He is responsible for the design and manufacture of system lightweight, such as instrument panel system, plastic tailgate system, and front-end module integration in Ford, General Motors and Toyota.

In the past ten years after returning back to China, he has not only been responsible for the several new vehicle models¿ development from cradle to launch, but also been in charge of the lightweight target achievement of weight reduction during the vehicle development. He also took the lead in the application of the automotive industry¿s composite materials in vehicle lightweight. In recent years, he has published three monographs on the dimensional engineering technology and the design handbook of automotive interior and exterior. Mr. Cao has the bachelor degree of South China University of Technology and Master degree of University of Akron.

Fees: $1299 SAE Members: $1169


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