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                                                                                                                                                 Aluminum alloys used in automobiles : 3
                                                                                                                                       03        Aluminum alloy surface treatment

                                                                                                                                                 The beautiful transmuting appearance of aluminum with processed surfaces

                                                                                                                                         Aluminum Design Sheets
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Anodizing      Self-coloring process
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2-step coloring process
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Etching        Staining
                                                                                                                                     The aesthetically pleasing appearance of aluminum is one of its major   Surface          Surface property
                                                                                                                                     features. The sheen of luminous aluminum alloys can be further enhanced   treatment  Pre-coating   Surface design
                                                                                                                                     through electrolytic and chemical polishing, and they are used for        Printing
                                                                                                                                     decorative parts, such as vehicle moldings. Various surface treatment     Plating
                                                                                                                                     technologies can be used to accentuate the aesthetic qualities of
                                                                                                                                     UACJ manufactures luminous aluminum alloy design sheet with a focus
                                                                                                                                     on a level of sheen which can hardly be found anywhere else in the world.
                                                                                                                                     With this material, superior designs can be achieved through chemical
                                                                                                                                     and electrolytic polishing, and anodizing properties can also be ensured.                                    Motor Fan illustrated

                                                                                                                                     Interior use of aluminum design sheets

                                                                                                                                     Aluminum panels with surfaces beautifully processed and treated
                                                                                                                                     with hairlines and other designs are widely used for cockpit interior

                                                                                                                                     decoration, such as in center console panels and door trims.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ALUMINUM  AUTOMOBILE TECHNOLOGY

                                                                                                                                        Parts made of aluminum alloy are ideal for creating a sporty impression.                                  09
                                                                                                                                        The beautiful sheen of aluminum sheets surely provides an incentive to
                                                                                                                                        choose them instead of resin.


                                                                                                                                     Anodizing is a process that involves turning a piece of aluminum
                                                                                                                                     into an anode in an electrolytic solution to create a surface layer of
                                                                                                                                     oxidized aluminum. Colored oxide layers can be produced in
                                                                                                                                     black, red, blue, etc.

                                                                                                                                       Evaluation and analysis technologies  Crash boxes

                                                                                                                                       UACJ works on simulations, analysis and
                                                                                                                                       evaluations in order to develop better                                         (kN)
                                                                                                                                       aluminum alloys. Particularly useful for                                            Experimental value  Analytical value
                                                                                                                                       development is impact simulation                                              Load  20
                                                                                                                                       analysis, fluid analysis and thermal                                            10
                                                                                                                                       analysis. CAE is used for considering the
                                                                                                                                       characteristics of materials and shapes to                                        0     50    100   150
                                                                                                                                       improve collision safety.                                                             Displacement (mm)
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