Automotive Applications for Magnesium

Roger Grimes, Vit Janik

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    Abstract

    While magnesium alloys were quite widely used in transport applications in the period from the end of World War II until the mid-1950s, their automotive use then declined virtually to zero. Despite the fact that magnesium is the lightest structural metal and major efforts were made to reduce vehicle mass after the fuel crises of the mid-1970s, the magnesium content remained well under 1% of the mass of a typical car. However, in the last decade, or so, there has been a huge growth in interest in the possibility of far greater use of magnesium in automobile construction, particularly in the form of high pressure die castings. This has been accompanied by dramatic increase in the volume of magnesium produced and changes in the location of magnesium extraction so that some 85% is now produced in China. The development efforts to produce sheet material more economically via twin-roll casting, develop superior casting alloys, and achieve a better understanding of their service properties are summarized as are the economic and environmental implications. It is concluded that there are few remaining technical obstacles to greater use but economic and environmental issues remain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Automotive Engineering
    EditorsDavid Crolla, David E. Foster, Toshio Kobayashi, Nicholas Vaughan
    PublisherWiley
    Pages3101-3123
    ISBN (Print)9781118354179
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

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    Magnesium
    Casting
    Structural metals
    Die castings
    Economics
    Magnesium alloys
    Automobiles
    Railroad cars

    Keywords

    • castings
    • global production
    • mechanical properties
    • anisotropy
    • life cycle analysis
    • Pidgeon process
    • twin-roll casting
    • high pressure die casting

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    Grimes, R., & Janik, V. (2015). Automotive Applications for Magnesium. In D. Crolla, D. E. Foster, T. Kobayashi, & N. Vaughan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering (pp. 3101-3123). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118354179.auto273

    Automotive Applications for Magnesium. / Grimes, Roger; Janik, Vit.

    Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering. ed. / David Crolla; David E. Foster; Toshio Kobayashi; Nicholas Vaughan. Wiley, 2015. p. 3101-3123.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Grimes, R & Janik, V 2015, Automotive Applications for Magnesium. in D Crolla, DE Foster, T Kobayashi & N Vaughan (eds), Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering. Wiley, pp. 3101-3123. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118354179.auto273
    Grimes R, Janik V. Automotive Applications for Magnesium. In Crolla D, Foster DE, Kobayashi T, Vaughan N, editors, Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering. Wiley. 2015. p. 3101-3123 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118354179.auto273
    Grimes, Roger ; Janik, Vit. / Automotive Applications for Magnesium. Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering. editor / David Crolla ; David E. Foster ; Toshio Kobayashi ; Nicholas Vaughan. Wiley, 2015. pp. 3101-3123
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