18–19 May 2011: The Institute of Vehicle Concepts at the ATZ Symposium—Materials in the Automobile in Stuttgart

12 January 2012

This year's conference 'Materials in Automotive Engineering' is themed 'Science and Industry in Dialogue'. It bridges the gap between the latest research results and their future-oriented use in automotive engineering. The focus is on scientific lectures from universities and research institutions balanced with current application-related contributions from the automotive industry.
Treatment of the entire breadth of materials solutions and designs for all areas of the automobile is one of the event's unique features. In this connection, focus themes are developed and answers given, something like:
• How does the significance of lightweight construction change with electric vehicles?
• What contribution can materials technologies make toward CO2 reduction?
• How do materials solutions affect the success of thermal management and climate control?
• What consequences result from worldwide raw-material availability and competing solutions?
The 'Materials in Automotive Engineering' conference is oriented towards managers and experts in the fields of vehicle concepts, materials, and architecture concepts. This is a mandatory event for vehicle and engine manufacturers, their suppliers and development partners, teachers and engineers from universities, representatives of public agencies and associations, and all technicians who are active in metal construction, plastics, and composite trends.


• Materials
 Steels: high-strength alloys and innovative wrought materials
 Light metals: new alloys and new applications

Prof. Horst E. Friedrich
Prof. Horst E. Friedrich

 Polymers
 Fibre composite materials (GRP and CFRP)
 Availability

• Applications
 Lightweight body construction
 Mixed construction designs including joining technology
 High-quality vehicle interior spaces
 Power trains with optimised power-to-weight ratio
• Functions

 Acoustic and thermal insulation
 Safety and durability
 Visual and haptic surface quality
 Producibility


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