Luo part of winning team for automotive lightweighting innovation

An Ohio State University materials scientist was part of a team that earned accolades for design and manufacturing of a new car part that will save weight and improve vehicle performance.

Professor Alan A. Luo of Ohio State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering was part of a collaborative team winning this year’s “Award of Excellence for Automotive Product - Automotive Door Inner Panels” from the International Magnesium Association. Luo received this prestigious award at the 74th World Magnesium Conference held in Singapore in May. Other members of the winning team were General Motors, Wanfeng Meridian, Dongguan EONTEC Co. and EDAG Engineering.

Development of the magnesium door started in 2012 when Luo was a technical fellow at General Motors’ Research and Development Center in Warren, Michigan. Luo led the design and development of a 2.7 kilogram applied-header door panel which achieved about 50 percent mass saving compared with the baseline steel door design. The door panel, with a nominal wall thickness of 2 millimeters was successfully cast at EONTEC in China.

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