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Application of Light Metal Alloy EN AW 6063 to Vehicle Frame Construction with an Innovated Steering Mechanism

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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Transport and Handling Machines, University of Zilina, Univerzitná 8215/1, 010 26 Žilina, Slovakia
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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Applied Mechanics, University of Zilina, Univerzitná 8215/1, 010 26 Žilina, Slovakia
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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Technological Engineering, University of Zilina, Univerzitná 8215/1, 010 26 Žilina, Slovakia
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Materials 2020, 13(4), 817; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13040817
Received: 4 January 2020 / Revised: 6 February 2020 / Accepted: 7 February 2020 / Published: 11 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applications of Al Alloys on Lightweight Structures)
Nowadays the automotive industry is mainly focused on competition, and this fact forces vehicle producers to constantly look for improvements in the areas of quality and reliability. Life-span, flawless operation, and safety are directly interconnected. Therefore, much attention and resources are spent on research factors that affect the stated properties. Significant capital is invested in the optimization of the constructional solutions and innovative material applications related to the safety and durability of the constructions. This paper presents the results obtained while developing a new ecological three-wheeled vehicle. The main research areas were focused on replacing the original material with a light aluminum alloy, while achieving a substantial improvement in drivability for the three-wheeled vehicle by implementing a modified front wheel steering system. The submitted research achieved a weight reduction of the frame by 40 kg by applying light material substitution (EN AW 6063.T66), which will naturally have a positive impact on the range of the designed electric vehicle; furthermore, we implemented an innovative steering mechanism optimized during the experimental operations. View Full-Text
Keywords: aluminium alloy; steering mechanism; vehicle frame; welding; mechanical properties; SysWeld aluminium alloy; steering mechanism; vehicle frame; welding; mechanical properties; SysWeld
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Blatnický, M.; Sága, M.; Dižo, J.; Bruna, M. Application of Light Metal Alloy EN AW 6063 to Vehicle Frame Construction with an Innovated Steering Mechanism. Materials 2020, 13, 817.

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