Lighten Up! The 2022 Lightweight Conference

Are you an expert on Lightweighting and weight management? Or do you want to meet others who are?
Is your company challenged to meet demanding weight targets?
Are you on track in the race towards carbon-neutral mobility?
Or do you want to simply save time and money in your engineering processes?

Lightweight Garage #23 PU Kenaf Composite @ Toyota LQ

At the Tokyo Motor Show in 2019, Toyota presented a new electric concept car: the Toyota LQ. A highlight of the LQ is the use of artificial intelligence to create an emotional connection between the vehicle and the driver. This should be achieved in particular by adapting the interior lighting, scenting or seat air-conditioning to the driver's needs. In addition, the LQ is equipped with automated driving functions.

Lightweight Garage #21 Consequent glass fibre concept @ Happier Camper HC1

Off on vacation! The Happier Camper HC1 is ready to start your next road trip. This lightweight caravan does not need a lot of horsepower to be pulled, which makes it accessible to any average person. Only thing you need is wanderlust. With a base price of $ 34,450, it is certainly not a bargain, but the caravan convinces with its modular concept. Thanks to the box system, the vehicle can be individually adapted to the wishes of the customer, both while configuring it and during its use.

Lightweight Garage #20 Lightweight Piano for the Airship Hindenburg

This time there is a lightweight piano in our lightweight garage, which was on board the airship LZ-129 Hindenburg. This is the sister airship of the airship LZ-130 Graf Zeppelin II recently presented in another article. Both airships were almost identical in construction, had very similar flight characteristics and were both very luxuriously equipped. At that time, travelling by airship was the fastest and most pleasant way to travel and cross the Atlantic, for example.

Lightweight Garage #19 KEVESOL® in Space Travel @ ALINA

This garage houses the autonomous landing and navigation module from the company PTS, also known as ALINA. This is a lunar module for transporting up to 100 kg of payload. However, the module itself cannot be launched directly from Earth, but requires a launch vehicle for its journey to Earth orbit. The concept is designed to support all common rocket models, such as Falcon 9. Once in Earth orbit, ALINA can cover the 380,000 km to the moon itself and land on the moon.

Leichtbaugarage #18 Engine @ DeLorean (DMC-12)

In the 1970s, John DeLorean developed a vision for future automobiles that he was unable to realise at General Motors. As a result, the Pontiac GTO inventor founded his own company - the DeLorean Motor Company. The only vehicle sold was the 1,286 kg DMC-12, which was named after its planned list price of $12,000.

Lightweight Garage #17 CFRP-Components of the VW XL1 (2013)

VW started working on the one-liter car concept back in 2002. In 2014, the production of the 200 units of the XL1 had begun. According to the manufacturer, fuel consumption is less than 1 liter per 100 km, to which the low overall mass of the model contributes significantly.

Lightweight Garage #16 Bio-based plastics @ Soybean car (Ford 1941)

On 14 August 1941, the New York Times reported on page 19 about a novel vehicle concept that had been presented the day before in Dearborn, Michigan. Henry Ford had itroduced a car with plastic panelling to 10,000 interested people. Unforunately the car never went into series production but nevertheless went down in history as the innovative Soybean Car.

TGM Special: Concept Carbon Heat Exchanger

Typically, heat transfer systems for air cooling in the automotive sector are designed as metallic finned heat exchangers with focus on corrosion and media resistance. This design generates a large transfer surface within limited package, but the materials currently used result in an increased dead weight, which is also leads to heavier surrounding structures. In most vehicles, integration of the function into existing structural components is not possible due to the material and the design.

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