NEW! Automotive Joining Manual

Joining is a most important fabrication technology in auto manufacturing, and the dramatic increase in the use of aluminum components in light vehicle design has created a challenge for auto builder and component supplier alike: how best to join the new aluminum other materials, and to aluminum parts.

To assist automotive designers and engineers in effectively applying aluminum components in their lightweighting programs, three leading aluminum organizations have just released the Aluminum Automotive Manual - Joining. The comprehensive 280+ manual is the result of a nearly-two-year collaboration between the Aluminum Association (AA), the European Aluminium Association (EAA) and the AEC, and provides technical details on multiple welding technologies, mechanical joining and adhesive joining. The manual addresses joining of aluminum components as well as joining of aluminum to other metals and materials such as plastics, composites and ceramics.

The Aluminum Automotive Manual - Joining is housed on the EAA website, and can be accessed via the following chapter links:

Introduction to Joining
Characteristics of Fusion Welding
Arc Welding (available soon)
Beam Welding
Resistance Welding
Solid State Welding
Mechanical Joining
Adhesive Bonding
Hybrid Joining Techniques
Joining of Dissimilar Materials