15-17 May 2018 Bad Nauheim, Germany

Materials in Car Body Engineering 2018

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15-17 May 2018 Bad Nauheim, Germany

Materials in Car Body Engineering 2018


Due to foreseeable new demands regarding CO2-emissions and the challenges of automobile electrification, weight saving and lightweight design remain a main topic of modern car body engineering, in all available forms, depending on economic feasibility and demands – from intelligent functional steel lightweight design to light-metal-intensive structures up to a complex multi-material-classes mix. Constant advances in material development as well as in semi-finished goods and in the series processability of the applied materials expand the possibilities of application and combination. Therefore, the car body engineering mantra "the right material in the right place” needs to be redefined again and again – continuous optmisation is requested.

Meanwhile, making full use of new design possibilities, implementing e-vehicle architectures, complying with newest crash safety requirements, minimizing costs as well as maximizing production flexibility, paying attention to corporate specifics and worldwide availability of materials – all of this and more outlines the challenges of finding ideal solutions for material concepts in modern car body engineering. Helping with this task with profound information and an exchange of expertise on the highest level is the aim of the annual Automotive Circle conference "Materials in Car Body Engineering”, gathering once more its global network of automobile engineers in Bad Nauheim from 15 to 17 May 2018.

Three conference days address, in two separate yet overlapping conference modules, the state of industrial developments and applications of composite and hybrid materials on the one hand, and car body lightweight design with innovative steel and light metal developments on the other. During the joint session with delegates from both modules on the second conference day, the focus will lie on current car body material concepts as well as innovative ideas for intensive material mix solutions.


> Fibre reinforced plastics

  • Volume series production technologies
  • Joining technologies for homogeneous and mixed-material joints
  • Validation and simulation of CFRP parts and constructions
  • Materials-specific car body architectures
  • Non-carbon-fibre reinforced plastics

> Material mix within car body parts: Hybrid materials and their application


> Further development of steel applications

  • 2nd and 3rd-generation AHSS
  • Press-hardened steels, tailored tempering
  • Corrosion protection
  • Alloys and semi-finished goods with new property combinations

> Progress in aluminium usage

  • Market situation, economic viability, standardisation
  • Attainable mechanical strengths
  • Hot-forming of Al; corresponding process technology
  • Joining technology as a lightweight-design enabler
  • Semi-finished goods, complex die-cast parts

> Possibilities for magnesium

  • Realistic lightweight design potential, market situation
  • Use cases in the car body
  • Corrosion protection issues, challenges caused by Mg anisotropy


> Current OEM car body material concepts
> Novel approaches to an intensive material mix
> New materials: Material properties of additively manufactured components

Materials in Car Body Engineering 2018_Call for Papers

Programme coordination

Dr. Dirk Meine

Dr. Dirk Meine

Automotive Circle
T +49 511 9910-319


Conference organsation

Kirsten Heni

Kirsten Heni

Event Manager
Automotive Circle
T +49 511 9910-378


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