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Advanced joining processes for lightweight vehicle manufacture

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LIVEMAN

Connect, no.81, November-December 1996

Advanced joining processes for lightweight vehicle manufacture

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The EPSRC and DTI recently approved £2.2 million funding for a consortium to carry out basic research into welding and joining processes for the manufacture of lightweight vehicles. The LIVEMAN project is a unique opportunity to ensure vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers produce a new generation of lightweight vehicles in a cost-effective manner.

In their determination to remain competitive world-wide, UK vehicle manufactures require novel designs which achieve substantial weight savings. These are required to meet ever-increasing demands for greater fuel efficiency, higher vehicle performance and lower emissions. New designs, based on use of high strength steels and non-metallic materials, will in turn impose greater demands on the welding and joining processes.

The programme is researching into six main topics:

  • Laser welding of high strength steels for lightweight vehicles
  • Process monitoring and control for welding automotive components
  • Adhesive bonding of lightweight structures
  • Joining processes for novel road vehicle structures
  • On-line sensors for welding and joining
  • Design and manufacture of components for lightweight vehicles

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