Browse Publications Technical Papers 2002-01-0039
2002-03-04

ULSAB-Advanced Vehicle Concepts – Manufacturing and Processes 2002-01-0039

The UltraLight Steel Auto Body Advanced Vehicle Concepts (ULSAB-AVC) program is the most recent addition to the global steel industry's series of lightweighting initiatives. It succeeds ULSAB [1, 2], ULSAC [3] and ULSAS [4]. These programs offer steel solutions to the challenges facing automakers around the world today: to increase vehicle fuel efficiency while improving safety, performance and maintaining affordability. This paper focuses on the manufacturing aspects and processes used in the two steel vehicles designed in the ULSAB-AVC program:
  • Stamping
  • Tailor Welded Blanks
  • Tubes, including tailored tubes
  • Sheet and tube hydroforming
  • Forming simulations
  • Joining for assembly

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