Session 10: Light Metals Processing
Aimed at designers, specifiers and applicators. Understand the different surface finishing options for EV applications with its pros and cons.
Automotive Industry, Light Materials – Treatments Optimizing Performance
With the increase of popularity of EVs the drive for weight reduction and thus increase in battery range has become one of the hottest topics for automotive OEMs. Light weight construction materials like aluminum and magnesium alloys are key in making future electric vehicles successful by significantly contributing to the car’s efficiency and overall performance. The uses for different aluminum materials in automotive applications are numerous, ranging from decorative components used in interior and exterior applications to brake components exposed to harsh road conditions. Especially ‘newer’ components such as electric housings are undergoing a design process to establish suitable surface finishes.
This presentation will discuss areas of application for lightweight materials and surface finish options that are currently available to meet ever increasing demands from automotive OEMs. The challenges for the pretreatment processes are highlighted, depending on the choice of light metal substrate and environment these components are ultimately used in.