Primer on Automotive Lightweighting Technologies: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Primer on Automotive Lightweighting Technologies

1st Edition

By Raghu Echempati

CRC Press

200 pages | 200 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780815357131
pub: 2020-03-26
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Aluminum is replacing steel for its strength to weight ratio, equal or better stiffness and toughness properties, durability and manufacturability considerations. The book introduces basic ideas and principles of designing engineering components with aluminum. Topics include application of the knowledge to understand how automotive body and structures are designed, as well as other major and smaller automotive components, such as engine blocks and its components, chassis systems, and wheels, to name a few. Applications of aluminum in other fields such as aircraft and off-road vehicles are also covered.

Table of Contents

Engineering Design. Material Considerations. Basic Mechanical Physical Properties of Aluminum. Products and Manufacturing Methods of Aluminum with Real Life Automotive and Other Industrial Applications. Design for Functional Performance. Design for Cost Optimization. Extruded Products. Rolled Products. Car Body Structure

About the Author

Dr. Raghu Echempati, PI, is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University. He earned his Master's and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (India) and another Master's in Engineering Management from Kettering University. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.). He was an active member of SME and a certified manufacturing engineer also granted by SME. He is an active member and a fellow of ASME, active member and McFarland awardee of SAE, and an active member of ASEE. He participated in several study abroad programs in Germany and taught design and finite element analysis courses for several semesters in Germany and in India. He secured Fulbright award twice to teach in India and in Thailand.

Since 2005, he has been one of the organizers of Body Design and Engineering session of SAE world congress. He is a panel member to review proposals submitted to NSF, Fulbright and Gilman Foundation (for study abroad). He has published over 130 journal and conference papers and supervised several undergraduate and graduate student theses in the areas of design, finite element analysis and manufacturing. His academic teaching, applied research and consulting experience spans over 25 years. He taught several core and elective courses in the mechanics, design and manufacture areas, including sheet metal forming course that he developed and taught for many years. He published a few papers with his students on formability of aluminum sheet metal parts.

Dr. Echempati worked at GM and other industries as a aculty Intern to understand the better practices followed in bulk and sheet metal forming processes, primarily using steel and to some extent aluminum formed conventionally and by hydroforming operations.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical