Browse Publications Technical Papers 2005-01-1387
2005-04-11

Optimizing Designs of Aluminum Suspension Components Using an Integrated Approach 2005-01-1387

Many vehicle chassis and suspension components are constructed of aluminum alloys, due to the metals relatively high strength-to-weight ratio and inherent corrosion resistance. A high percentage of these components' were converted from other materials. This has resulted in design geometries developed for materials and product forms that do not take advantage of aluminum's best attributes. In an effort to create the most efficient designs, Alcoa has developed an integrated approach to design of suspension components, combining precise process refinement, development of strength-optimized alloys, and intelligent use of advanced structural optimization tools.

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