In the automotive industry, it is quite common to test structures and materials in corrosion chambers (to speed up the process), as well as checking them in real conditions before implementation. But in the latter case, it is difficult to get enough data for analysis in a short period of time. Therefore, the concern Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has joined an unusual study conducted by the German consortium Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie (GDA, Association of the aluminum industry). To assess the durability of promising materials, we decided to send samples of them to nature inside special sensors borrowed from the aerospace industry.
The project will last two years and will be part of JLR’s overall effort to develop new materials for machines that are both resistant, lightweight, and resistant to corrosion, while at the same time providing a high quality finish. Studying the response of samples to real-world severe operating conditions will help you better understand and evaluate the results of accelerated bench tests for corrosion. By the way, as part of such projects, JLR also develops printed electronics and new types of recycled plastic. In turn, research on materials fits into the larger strategy of Destination Zero (zero emissions, zero accidents, zero traffic jams), which includes such areas as drones, onboard electronics and various security systems.
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