Structural Navigation: Optimizing Materials Selection in Automotive and Aerospace

March 19, 2012 | State of the Market Report

Meeting rising energy demand while minimizing environmental impact is one of the most important issues of this century, and enhancing operating efficiency in transportation by using lighter structural materials will play a critical part. Advanced high-strength steel (AHSS), aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) each has its own set of cost, availability, manufacturing, and performance characteristics that affect adoption in automotive and aerospace. Since material requirements are dependent on a part’s location and functional role, the analysis of best-fit materials needs to be conducted at the component level. To help automotive and aerospace companies and guide suppliers and material developers to the best opportunities, we have conducted decision-tree analyses that indicate which materials flourish where – now and in the future.

Coverage Areas

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation
  • Advanced Materials
  • Materials and Manufacturing

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Each advanced structural material presents a unique combination of cost, availability, manufacturability, and performance for divergent auto and aerospace industry needs.
  • Analysis
    Decision-tree analyses can guide materials selection, assisting automotive and aerospace companies and guiding material developers to where the best opportunities lie.
  • Outlook
  • Endnotes

Lead Analyst

Ross Kozarsky
Senior Analyst
+1 (857) 284-5687


Michael Holman, Ph.D.

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