Improving safety through advanced manufacturing

In a drive to improve fuel-efficiency and reduce vehicle weight, green house emissions and cost; advanced high-strength and light-weight materials are attractive candidates for use in automotive components and structures. However, in order to achieve these objectives while maintaining or enhancing passenger safety, the response of these materials and structures to the gross deformation conditions that occur during manufacturing operations and impact events needs to be better understood.

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Forming and Crash Lab on the Discovery Channel

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The Waterloo forming and crash research was on display at the Numisheet 2022 conference in Toronto. This conference is a major forum for dissemination of research on numerical simulation of sheet metal forming processes. About 10 research presentations were given by Waterloo researchers, as well as a major trade show presence.