Lightweighting Ideas for Hybrid Vehicles and Heavy-Duty Trucks
This fourth article about Germany’s Lightweight Forging Initiative (now with international industry support) focuses on potential weight savings through innovative material selection and forging part and process design. This continuation of the article from June examines additional specific lightweighting opportunities on a hybrid car and a heavy-duty truck.
Forging technology has undergone continuous development during the past few years. The improved possibilities offered by material-flow simulation enable the forging of increasingly complex parts. The use of component finite-element-method (FEM) simulation within forges has enabled greater coordination of part design and the forging process, thereby helping to uncover and further exploit lightweighting potential.
Check out the October 2020 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story on "Fever Screening and Forging Quality". Other features include "Forging with Hybrid Steel", "FutureForge in Scotland: The Goldilocks Effect", and much more.