The need for light-weight materials, especially in the automobile industry, created renewed interest in innovative applications of magnesium materials. This demand has resulted in increased research and development activity in companies and research institutes in order to achieve an improved property profile and better choice of alloy systems. Here, development trends and application potential in different fields like the automotive industry and communication technology are discussed in an interdisciplinary framework.
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The need for light-weight materials created renewed interest in innovative applications of magnesium materials. The main driving force for new applications is still the automotive industry. Besides magnesium alloys are widely used in the communications industry primarily for housings. To support the increasing interest in magnesium applications and to take these opportunities it is important to give a positive feedback. All material groups, the different light metal materials as well as polymers and steel, compete with each other. In this competition economical aspects play a very important role, besides there are material and component characteristics, which also influence the choice of material.
These conference proceedings show the correlation of processing microstructure and properties for magnesium materials. The complexity of interactions must be understood to use the full potential of magnesium materials for a particular application. Additionally an overview session of ongoing research projects is given, though the reader will find a complete overview on the state-of-the-art of the current magnesium research and development.About the Author:
Professor Kainer is Director of Institute for Materials Research at the GKSS Forschungszentrum Geesthacht and Professor at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg. His main research focuses on magnesium alloys and metal matrix composites, with a special focus on applications in the automobile industry. He cooperates in research projects with major European and American car manufactures as well as with research institutes in Asia, America and Europe. He was also Chairman of the three International Magnesium Conferences in Germany, organised by the DGM, and he gave invited lectures at many international conferences, including the TMS Annual Meetings in the US.
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