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Joining ultra-high strength steel for vehicle structural components is a challenging application for advanced structural adhesives due to surface coatings and the aggressive loading conditions these materials may encounter in crash scenarios.


Multi-Material
Joining

As designs move towards multi-material vehicle platforms to achieve significant weight reductions, these ultra-high strength steel materials will invariably be joined with other lightweight materials requiring innovative joining methods.

Material Damage
Characterization

High toughness structural adhesives provide a viable option for joining dissimilar materials and addressing significant issues such as corrosion in multi-material assemblies. Experimental testing coupled with opto-digital microscopy are used to characterize damage processes and quantify material damage.

CAE of Structural
Adhesives

Of critical importance to the adoption of structural adhesives in vehicle structures is the ability to model or analyze these joints in the vehicle design process.

Structural
Modeling

Advanced modeling capabilities to evaluate materials and joining methods at the structural level.

Axial Crush Tube Experimental Impact and Model

C-Channel Section Experimental Impact and Model

Computational Model Requirements

University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

 

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Affiliations

IRCOBI

 

WatCAR

 

CBB

 

CAMJ

 

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Prof. Duane Cronin

PhD, PEng


Canada Research Chair: Trauma Biomechanics and Injury Prevention (tBIP)

CRC Information: http://www.chairs.gc.ca/

 

Director: Impact Mechanics and Material Characterization Lab

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