[EMS Discuss] Maker Porn

Weston Turner wstnturner at gmail.com
Sat Feb 15 09:58:22 PST 2014

Aluminum's strength to weight ratio is more or less equal to that of steel (it really depends on the alloy of both the metals though), and it's stiffness to weight ratio is greater than steel's. If your talking about the aluminum alloys used in vehicles, the strength to weight ratio of aluminum is greater than that of steel. See automotive lightweighting. Ford's new F-150, a number of BMW's new cars, Land Rover's Range Rover, and the new Corvette all have major structural components made with aluminum, and some use it for their entire frame and body. 


If you're really into material science and you want to read a good breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of the use of steel versus aluminum automotive and marine applications, then these people have definitely done their homework:

Bottom line, that Cobra replica is probably more crashworthy (and as Bob said, likely not less) than the steel original.


> On Feb 14, 2014, at 11:19 AM, Bob Miller <kbob at jogger-egg.com> wrote:
> It is a replica of a 1960s sports car.  I doubt it's any less safe
> than the original. (-:
>> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM, Rick Osgood <rick at eugenemakerspace.com> wrote:
>> This is a really pretty car, though I have to wonder what would happen if he
>> crashed it.  Driving a tin can?
>> On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM, Weston Turner <wstnturner at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> My word! Speaking of drooling over cars, I saw the first Tesla Model S in
>>> Eugene today (that I have spotted anyway) I drove right next to it for
>>> several blocks and was very sad when it got away from me :(.
>>> Say, do you think specular reflection is a problem for the driver of that
>>> Cobra when the sun is shining (or anyone anywhere near the car for that
>>> matter)?
>>> I'd like to see the specs on weight savings and increased rigidity for
>>> making the car with billet aluminum versus the original steel...
>>> Regards,
>>> Weston
>>>> On Feb 13, 2014, at 10:11 PM, Bob Miller <kbob at jogger-egg.com> wrote:
>>>> This is about five years old, but if you haven't seen it, put your
>>>> drooling bib on before you click these links.
>>>> Shelby Cobra replica fabricated of billet aluminum
>>>> http://kirkhammotorsports.com/galleries/custom-cars/427-billet-chassis/
>>>> http://kirkhammotorsports.com/galleries/custom-cars/427-billet-chassis/427-billet-chassis-book
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