The environmental impact of new magnesium alloys on the transportation industry

E. Aghion, B. Bronfin, H. Friedrich, Z. Rubinovich

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The increased environmental demand from the transportation industry to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2010 generated various actions aiming to address this demand. One of the most important solutions is weight reduction, which can be implemented by using lightweight structural materials and Mg alloys in particular. Currently the properties of the existing magnesium alloys are limited. Many applications that require an adequate combination of cost competitiveness and properties such as increased creep strength, ductility and corrosion resistance are difficult to address. The present paper aims at evaluating the transportation industry requirements in terms of combined properties and processing technologies. The major focus will be directed to new Mg alloys and the prospects that they may introduce. This will be related to casting and wrought magnesium alloys for practical applications such as gearbox housings, engine blocks, oil pans, instrument panels, seat frames, thin wall body parts, seat frames and road wheels. Special attention will be given to the affordability of the new alloys in terms of cost of raw materials and process technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMagnesium Technology 2004
EditorsA.A. Luo
PublisherMinerals, Metals and Materials Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0873395689
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventMagnesium Technology 2004 - Charlotte, NC., United States
Duration: 14 Mar 200418 Mar 2004


ConferenceMagnesium Technology 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCharlotte, NC.


  • Emissions
  • Environment
  • Magnesium alloys
  • Properties
  • Transportation industry
  • Weight reduction


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