Functional Cost Methodology for Automotive Lightweighting

To meet CAFE standards for fuel economy, many new projects are being undertaken. One such method being investigated to achieve these standards is vehicle lightweighting. Each lightweighting project has an associated cost and will have an impact on various functional groups of the vehicle. During this internship, the related functional benefits of lightweighting will be analyzed, with a focus on location (zone) based effects. The zones will be accessed and a value to weight reduction ratio will be assigned to each. The results will be compiled into a set of technical guidelines to be used for future lightweighting projects. These guidelines will allow projects to be appropriately selected by comparing their functional benefits with their financial impact. In turn, additional investments can be made to meet the CAFE standards.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Michael Wang


Thomas Pagliarella


Chrysler Canada Inc.


Engineering - mechanical


Automotive and transportation


University of Windsor



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