STP1165

    Automotive Materials and Their Characterization: 1916 to 1991

    Published: Jan 1993


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    Abstract

    The automotive industry has been altered enormously since the era of the Model T. This paper describes some of the reasons for the changes in terms of technological drivers, especially in terms of how new materials and processes improve component functionality. Several materials used in the Model T, such as cast iron, steel, glass, and ceramics will be compared to modern materials used in a variety of automotive components. The key systems of the vehicle represented include electrical, exhaust, powertrain, climate control, and body.

    Keywords:

    automotive materials, metallography, metallurgical specimens, microstructure, metallographic techniques


    Author Information:

    Cole, GS
    Scientific research staff, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

    Bartosiewicz, L
    Scientific research staff, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

    Alberts, FE
    Scientific research staff, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI


    Paper ID: STP25095S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E04.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP25095S


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