The general finding highlights the need for developing material systems methodology and for approaching research issues in terms of material life cycles.
Improved materials and material processing can and must play a large role in generating productive and effective responses to the forces that will drive the automotive industry in future.
For example : Aluminum alloys can be used to reduce vehicle weight, thereby reducing emissions and improving fuel economy, but the added materials costs currently offset these advantages for many applications. Material life cycle: Modeling of material system. Materials system research, Lightweight material for body structure.