Automotive manufacturers are required to decrease CO2 emissions and increase fuel economy while assuring driver comfort and safety. In recent years, there has been rapid development in the application of lightweight and sustainable materials in the automotive industry to help meet these criteria. This book provides critical reviews and the latest research results of various lightweight and sustainable materials in automotive applications. It discusses current applications and future trends of lightweight materials in the automotive area. While there are a few books published mainly focusing on automotive applications of metallic lightweight materials, to date there is no available book focusing on a broad spectrum of lightweight materials, including metal, plastic, composites, bio-fiber, bio-polymer, carbon fiber, glass fiber, nanomaterials, rubber materials, and foaming materials, as this work does. The book also includes case studies of commercial lightweight automotive parts from sustainable lightweight materials, providing an invaluable resource to those involved in this in-demand research and commercialization area.

chapter 1|38 pages

Natural Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites

ByOmar Faruk, Birat KC, Ahmed Sobh, Jimi Tjong, Mohini Sain

chapter 2|54 pages

Bio-Fiber Thermoset Composites

ByAshok Rajpurohit, Frank Henning

chapter 3|46 pages

Wood Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic and Thermosets Composites

ByArne Schirp

chapter 4|28 pages

Bio-Based Thermoplastic and Thermosets Polymer

ByHans-Josef Endres

chapter 5|36 pages

Bio-Based EPDM Rubber and Sustainable EPDM Compounding

ByMartin van Duin, Philip Hough, Joyce Kersjes, Marjan van Urk, M. Montserrat Alvarez Grima, Niels van der Aar

chapter 6|36 pages

Carbon Fiber Composite Materials

ByAbdullah Al Mamun, Moyeenuddin Ahmad Sawpan, Mohammad Ali Nikousaleh, Maik Feldmann, Hans-Peter Heim

chapter 7|38 pages

Glass Fiber Composite Materials

ByT. Palanisamy Sathishkumar

chapter 8|26 pages

Lightweight Nanocomposite Materials

ByWojciech (Voytek) S. Gutowski, Weidong Yang, Sheng Li, Katherine Dean, Xiaoqing Zhang

chapter 9|26 pages

Tribology of Aluminum and Aluminum Matrix Composite Materials for Automotive Components

BySandeep Bhattacharya, Ahmet T. Alpas

chapter 10|40 pages

Magnesium and Its Alloys

ByD. Sameer Kumar, C. Tara Sasanka

chapter 11|32 pages

Thermoplastics Foams

An Automotive Perspective
BySai Aditya Pradeep, Srishti Shukla, Nathaniel Brown, Srikanth Pilla

chapter 12|22 pages

Lightweight Thermoset Foams in Automotive Applications

ByNumaira Obaid, Mark T. Kortschot, Mohini Sain

chapter 13|30 pages

Life Cycle Assessment of Lightweight Materials for Automotive Applications

ByMasoud Akhshik, Jimi Tjong, Mohini Sain

chapter 14|18 pages

Case Studies—Sustainable and Lightweight Automotive Parts via Injection Molding

ByBirat KC, Omar Faruk, Mohini Sain, Jimi Tjong