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Powder Metal Parts for Automotive Applications–Part III

The constant challenge for automotive engineers to design vehicles with greater reliability at lower cost has brought powder metallurgy (P/M) to the foreground. This technology provides parts to or near net shape and results in savings of material, energy, capital equipment and floor space. This paper is an extension of SAE reports 850458 and 870133 and describes automotive powder metal components not previously identified. It should help engineers find cost effective applications early in the design stage so that P/M technology can be efficiently adopted. In addition, recent important technological developments in the P/M field applicable to automotive parts are highlighted. In particular, increased reliability achieved through SPC is stressed. A novel blending process is described whereby the alloying ingredients are “glued” to iron powder particles resulting in an increase in P/M quality through improved homogeneity.
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Powder Metal Parts for Automotive Applications, Part II

The trend to production of near net shape components in the automotive industry and the constant crusade for cost reduction has brought powder metallurgy technology to the foreground. Savings of material, energy, manufacturing cost and the avoidance of capital expenditure are some of the principal benefits of this process. This paper is an extension of the previously published report. SAE 850458, which describes P/M components in the automobile. It also includes a new family of parts recently identified by the authors, i.e., sensors used in conjunction with electronics and microcomputers. In addition, progress made in recent years in P/M technology is summarized. This article is written for automotive design engineers to show various new applications of P/M and allow them to take advantage of the potential savings this technology offers.
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Powder Metal Parts for Automotive Applications

In line with the present trend to make structural parts at or near net shape, the powder metallurgy process is being studied more and more by automotive design and materials engineers who are finding an increased application for this energy and cost saving process. Many new applications, besides some older ones, of P/M by domestic and overseas automotive manufacturers are presented outlining material specifications and service conditions for engine, transmission and chassis parts. In addition to conventional porous P/M parts, examples of high tensile fully dense precision hot formed P/M parts are presented which give superior service life and lighter weight than conventional wrought steel. Despite the decreased size and weight of future automobiles, an increased number of applications of powder metal is likely to result in a greater usage of P/M materials per vehicle.