Browse Publications Technical Papers 2006-01-1661
2006-04-03

Bumper System Mass Reduction through Hybrid Material and Process Strategy 2006-01-1661

With the increased focus on fuel economy in the automotive industry today vehicle mass reduction is becoming increasingly important to automotive engineers. A common method to reduce mass for bumper reinforcement beams is to use aluminum extrusion technology. However, the use of aluminum extrusions comes at a higher cost than comparable steel systems. Two hybrid design approaches for bumper reinforcement beams are presented in order to reduce mass while maintaining a lower cost than aluminum bumper systems.

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