Since 1909, the company Morgan Motor has been manufacturing sports cars which enjoy cult status and has been providing a fascinating mixture between traditional craftsmanship and adequate modern technology.
Each Morgan is handcrafted and consists of the three core elements ash, aluminium and leather. With the Plus Six, the company succeeded in manufacturing an aluminium platform that has a hundred percent increase in torsion stiffness compared with the previous platforms. This makes the Plus Six to the most dynamic model of the Morgan series so far.
With the production of this aluminium platform, Morgan was facing new challenges. First, the individual aluminium parts were fixed by means of a special adhesive. Afterwards, they were joined. That procedure required a joining method without pre‑punching which allowed to create high strength joints during the hardening of the adhesive. Böllhoff says its RIVSET® self‑pierce rivets offer the perfect solution.
RIVSET self‑pierce riveting is a joining method to create mechanical high strength joints from similar and dissimilar materials. Joints can consist of more than two layers, such as in this case with adhesive as the intermediate layer.
In one step, the semi‑tubular rivet punches through the top material layers and in the bottom material layer forms an undercut and also forms the characteristic button. The bottom material layer is not punched through so that a gas and liquid tight spot joint is created. Since the vehicles are handcrafted, the RIVSET Portable is the perfect addition for a successful joining process.
Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.
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