Lightweighting is a key component in all Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) projects. Combining advanced high-strength steel with new manufacturing processes enables engineers to apply thinner high-strength steels to produce lighter-weight parts, while maintaining or improving strength and other performance properties. The A/SP has accelerated technical developments leading to mass reduction with steel, helping automakers design lighter-weight vehicles to meet fuel economy requirements.
1/1/2010 - Guidelines that provide direction on how to design parts for maximum manufacturability, and provide direction on how to best design die processes for AHSS grades.
6/1/2007 - The study concludes that with rigorous use of advanced high-strength steel and efficient optimized design mass savings of 31.4 percent relative to 2004 baseline vehicles is ...
6/1/2007 - This report defines and quantifies the mass compounding effect during vehicle design with current mass influence coefficients developed from mass data of 35 contemporary ...
10/1/2005 - An analysis that studied the cost and mass effect of practical variations, in automotive front end structure design, required to accommodate vehicle options within a given ...
1/1/2005 - This report is a continuation of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Studies and one additional joint typically used in light truck frames
7/1/2004 - This report is a continuation of the Phase 2 and the study of ten additional joints typically used in light truck frames
4/3/2014 - An overview of the advanced steels used in the 2014 Acura MDX by Gary S. Vasilash, founding editor of Automotive Design & Production (AD&P) magazine.
3/13/2014 - Scholarships awarded to students for communicating lightweighting and styling benefits of steel.
1/14/2014 - New steel technologies provide the safety, reliability and performance today’s customers seek.