SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1993

Automotive Materials and Their Characterization: 1916 to 1991


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.

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Cole, GS
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
Bartosiewicz, L
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
Alberts, FE
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
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Developed by Committee: E04
Pages: 109–138
DOI: 10.1520/STP25095S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5226-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1484-5