Automotive

Professors working in this area include:

Materials for automotive applications must be strong, light and formable. In our department, Professors Pekguleryuz, Jung, john.jonas [at] mcgill.ca (Jonas) and Yue are developing different classes of these materials:

  • Magnesium sheet alloys for automotive body applications. The research of Professors Pekguleryuz, Jung, john.jonas [at] mcgill.ca (Jonas) and Yue aims at developing new Mg alloys specifically tailored for twinroll casting and with weak crystallographic textures, both to reduce cost of sheet production and to improve the formability of Mg. The alloys target automotive body panels and closures. The research focuses on the addition of rare earth and alkaline earth elements to various binary magnesium alloy systems to create fine second phases, as well as solutes which change the axial ratio (c/a) of hcp Mg.
  •  New aluminum alloys for diesel engine applications. Professor Pekguleryuz's group works on alloys with improved thermal-fatigue performance; compressive creep resistance at 300°C, 30MPa and tensile strength or ductility for the cylinder head and creep resistance (300°C, 150MPa) for the piston or block.

  • Advanced high strength steels with high crash worthiness. The new generation of advanced high strength steels for automotive products need to be strong and formable. Professor Yue's group is tackling the issue of crash worthiness; very high strain rates can be achieved by the Hopkinson Bar technique which utilizes impact loading to develop strain rates of 1000/s.