Article - 15 May 2003
With increasing demand on manufacturers for recycling of composites, in particular automotive composites, technology has been developed by the University of Leeds to assist in this area. The...
Article - 7 Apr 2003
Ink-jet texturising is a technology for producing surfaces with controlled textures. This new technology overcomes limitations of other technologies and can be used in a broad range of applications.
Article - 11 Oct 2002
Pressload is a material developed to improve vehicle safety. This article looks more in-depth at pressload.
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 - 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 - 5 Apr 2002
A report on the use of plastic body panels for cars, the materials, development process and obstacles. The advantages and propsects for the future are also covered.
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 - 6 Jun 2001
Developments in the steel industry are helping stave off challenges from alternative materials such as aluminium and plastics in the automotive industry. Steel still dominates for many reasons which...
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...