Article - 11 Oct 2002
Pressload is a material developed to improve vehicle safety. It was deigned to reduce injury to pedestrians. Pressload uses a specially arranged geometry which provides strength and impact energy...
Article - 23 Sep 2002
Use of adhesively bonded panels has been hindered by lack of suitable quality control methods despite advantages over spotwelding. Ultrasonic testing offers a non-destructive method by which bond...
Article - 2 Aug 2002
Aluminium extrusions make up over half the consumption of aluminium products in Europe. The manufacturing process is explained, while alloy suitability and design aspects are also covered.
Article - 15 Jul 2002
Increased performance has resulted in reduced weight in cars. Consequently, polypropylene usage has increased and processes to improve wetting for painting. Air plasma pre-treatments are outlined, in...
Article - 28 Aug 2001
Zinc has many uses, many of which revolve around protective coatings for steel deposited by hot dip galvanising. These materials are ised in the automotive and construction industries. While the...
Article - 8 Jun 2001
Hydroforming is a forming process that uses fluid pressure in place of punches and dies. It can form complex parts that would otherwise require several punched and welded pieces. It is a process of...
Article - 12 May 2001
Good retention of mechanical properties after long term exposure to sunlight or UV radiation compared with unmodified polyamide 6. Relative advantages, disadvantages and applications are listed...
Article - 4 May 2001
Higher heat distortion temperature than conventional grades of ABS. However, requires higher mould surface temperatures. Advantages, disadvantages and applications are listed together with a table of...
Article - 8 Mar 2001
Case Study: Adhesives provided a viable alternative to welding etc for authorities who had a problem with people converting cars to commercial vehicles to avoid taxes in Ireland.
Article - 15 Feb 2001
This article defines what thermoset composites are, provides key properties and outlines some common applications, including personal armour, automotive, marine and sporting goods.