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Cross Car Beam - Aluminium Foam for Down Gauging

Project Member(s): Brown, T.

Funding or Partner Organisation: AutoCRC Ltd

Start year: 2014

Summary: Investigate the use of aluminium foam, used inside an aluminium extrusion, as a means of reducing the gauge of the tube without affecting the performance. Can the introduction of the foam mass generate greater savings of cost and mass through wall section reduction? What are the implications to stiffness, overall strength, failure modes of various components. A virtual assessment (CAE) of the proposal will be required to determine component sizes, masses, predicted performances.

FOR Codes: Automotive Equipment, Automotive Engineering