NEW CHALLENGES AND DIRECTIONS FOR HIGH PRESSURE DIE-CAST MAGNESIUM

  • L. Zaffaina
  • R. Alain
  • F. Bonollo
  • Z. Fan

Abstract

Being the lightest structural metallic material, Magnesium is widely used by the automotive industry when
searching for solutions to address energy consumption, emission reductions and vehicles handling. The need to
use light-weight solutions is becoming stronger than it has been so far, as other technologies allowing to reduce
emissions have already yield a lot of their potential.
This wider use of Magnesium requires to grow more knowledge on the material properties, corrosion protection
techniques and improved production processes. However material R&D cannot be limited to property studies
and potentials: directions for innovation implies to understand all the benefits of the material and process for
each application and their values to the customer.
In this work, the components’ key attributes will be highlighted, together with the efforts to lower costs and the
potential use of new technologies.

Published
2009-03-26
Section
Memorie