Use of magnesium alloys in optimizing the weight of automobile: Current trends and opportunities

James Mutuku Mutua


Magnesium alloys are characterized by unique properties, which when fully exploited offer opportunities for structural applications in automobiles. This paper will identify the main features of magnesium alloys and highlight their uses in both structural and sub-structural applications. The current trends and opportunities in automobile materials substitution will also be presented. Further, the impact of weight optimization on automobile fuel consumption efficiency and pollutant gas emission will be highlighted. This paper will contribute positively towards research and development of magnesium intensive automobile meeting safety standards and passengers’ comfort.


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