Automotive manufacturers are required to decrease CO2 emissions and increase fuel economy while assuring driver comfort and safety. In recent years, there has been rapid development in the application of lightweight and sustainable materials in the automotive industry to help meet these criteria. This book provides critical reviews and the latest research results of various lightweight and sustainable materials in automotive applications. It discusses current applications and future trends of lightweight materials in the automotive area. While there are a few books published mainly focusing on automotive applications of metallic lightweight materials, to date there is no available book focusing on a broad spectrum of lightweight materials, including metal, plastic, composites, bio-fiber, bio-polymer, carbon fiber, glass fiber, nanomaterials, rubber materials, and foaming materials, as this work does. The book also includes case studies of commercial lightweight automotive parts from sustainable lightweight materials, providing an invaluable resource to those involved in this in-demand research and commercialization area.
Table of Contents
Natural Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composite. Natural Fiber Reinforced Thermosets Composite. Wood Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic and Thermosets Composites. Bio-Based Thermoplastic and Thermosets Polymer. Bio-Based EPDM Rubber and Sustainable EPDM Compounding. Carbon Fiber Composite Materials. Glass Fiber Composite Materials. Lightweight Nanocomposite Materials. Tribology of Aluminum and Aluminum Matrix Composite Materials. Magnesium and Its Alloys. Thermoplastic Foams: An Automotive Perspective. Lightweight Thermosets Foams. Lifecycle Assessment of Lightweight Materials for Automotive Applications. Case Studies - Sustainable and Lightweight Automotive Parts via Injection Molding.
Dr. Omar Faruk
Dr. Omar Faruk works at Powertrain Engineering Research & Development Centre of Ford Motor Company, Canada. He is also associated with the Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing, University of Toronto, Canada. He achieved his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kassel, Germany and was previously Visiting Research Associate at Michigan State University, USA. He has more than 75 publications to his credits including 12 book chapters which have been published in different international journals and conferences. He also edited 2 books, titled "Biofiber Reinforcement in Composite Materials" and "Lignin in Polymer Composites"published by Woodhead Publishing Ltd and Elsevier Ltd respectively. In addition, he is an invited reviewer for 63 international reputed journals, government research proposals, and book proposals.
Dr. Jimi Tjong
Dr. Jimi Tjong is the Technical Leader and Manager of the Powertrain Engineering, Research & Development Centre of Ford Motor Company, Canada. He achieved his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Windsor, Canada and he is working for more than 30 years at Ford Motor Company. His principal field of research and development encompasses the followings: optimizing automotive test systems for cost, performance, and full compatibility. It includes the development of test methodology and cognitive systems, calibration for internal combustion engines, alternate fuels, bio fuels, lubricants and exhaust fluids, lightweight materials with the focus on aluminum, magnesium, bio materials, battery, electric motors, super capacitors, stop/start systems, HEV, PHEV, BEV systems, nano sensors and actuators, high performance and racing engines, non-destructive monitoring of manufacturing and assembly processes, advanced gasoline and diesel engines focusing on fuel economy, performance and cost opportunities. He
"...covers current applications and future trends relating to this field. The contents are contemporary and relevant, and the authors are highly qualified and well-known names in the field of sustainable composites and biocomposites."
—Hom Nath Dhakal, University of Portsmouth, England
"Excellent overview of the different lightweight materials and their sustainability. A must for every researcher and user in the automotive applications area."
— Daniel Schwendemann, University of Applied Science Eastern Switzerland