High-strength aluminum for automotive applications
Novelis announced the launch of Advanz 6HS-s650, an aluminum automotive body sheet product designed to exceed industry standards for strength, lightweighting, formability, performance, and structural integrity. Novelis says it is the strongest 6xxx series product with a 15–25% in-service strength advantage over incumbent high-strength aluminum alloys and exhibits excellent crash behavior and corrosion resistance. The material is targeted for applications demanding high in-service strength, such as A and B pillars, floors, tunnels, rockers, side impact door beams, bumper beams, roof rail inserts, underbody frames, and electric battery enclosures' components.
For many applications, 6HS-s650 enables a reduction of process costs and complexity by eliminating post-form heat treatment while providing up to 45% lighter weight than high-strength steels. The new material joins effectively with other automotive structural materials and provides longer-term flexibility in the supply chain due to superior shelf life characteristics.
Recently, Novelis commercialized 6HS-s650 as part of its Alumineering electric vehicle battery enclosure solution and as a structural component for a major electric vehicle platform. The material can be recycled into new high-strength aluminum products as part of a closed-loop recycling process.