The article by FIERF Professor Dr. Mary Wells of Waterloo University (Waterloo, Ontario) in this issue about forging magnesium brings the concepts of lightweighting to the forefront.
Lightweighting, a term that started in the automobile industry in response to calls to increase automotive energy efficiencies, has taken hold in a big way. Generally, the lightweighting process has stimulated research and development in new materials and new ways to use old materials to reduce the average weight of cars and trucks without compromising safety, comfort and other design considerations. But the concept of weight reduction is not limited to automotive applications. The aerospace industry has been dealing with weight-reduction initiatives since its inception, and virtually any increase in a material’s strength-to-weight ratio make it a serious candidate for consideration.