Monthly archive for July 2011

Mercedes-AMG selects hydroformed parts

Mercedes-AMG selects hydroformed parts

As more and more automotive engineers begin to learn and source more hydroformed parts and components, the hydroforming industry sits on the verge of rapid growth.  Mercedes-AMG selects hydroformed parts for its new CL63 intake.  Mercedes -AMG engineers found the hydroformed intakes to be “extremely short charge-air ducting makes for outstanding responsiveness. The stainless steel pressure pipes for the fresh and charge air are produced by the hydroforming process, have a wall thickness of only 0.03 inches and are designed for very low pressure loss.”   Again, the benefits of using hydroformed parts to remove costly processes like welding not only remove labor and quality constraints, but it gives the manufacturer the ability to use the proper gauge material while removing unnecessary weight at the same time.

Automobile designers have discovered that hydroformed structures are lighter and stronger than traditional stamped and welded assemblies. Applications involve engine cradles, trailing suspension arms, roof supports frame rails, radiator supports as well as headers and exhaust manifolds and crash tips. Electric and hybrid vehicles will also benefit from HF component.

High performance and race cars have long used tubular frame construction for its strength and light weight nature. With the latest federal mandates for mileage and crash worthiness, hydroformed frames are a good solution.

Automotive radiator supports, Instrument panel beams, Catalytic converter cones and exhaust components, cross members and engine cradles are among the parts currently being manufactured with hydroform technology.