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Bailo Receives SMDI Community Hero Award

By on March 23, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Bailo Receives SMDI Community Hero Award

It wasn’t only vehicles that were honored by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). Its Community Hero Award recognizes individuals and organizations whose work using steel impacts the quality of life of the community. This year’s recipient was Carla Bailo, president and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and a member of the Lightweighting World […]

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2019 Vehicles—Lighter with AHSS Structures

By on March 22, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
2019 Vehicles—Lighter with AHSS Structures

Many 2019 model year vehicles introduced in 2018 have something in common—an advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) structure. More than 65 AHSS-intensive vehicles debuted at major auto shows last year. AHSS was represented in the composition of every vehicle segment and size, including the popular SUV, CUV and truck markets. “As vehicles evolve to become stronger, […]

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AK Steel Receives DOE Research Money

By on March 21, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
AK Steel Receives DOE Research Money

AK Steel will be receiving up to $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office program. The company will investigate innovative low-density steels in the laboratory, which could ultimately be used in automotive-structural applications. The three-year project will be conducted in collaboration with […]

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Demand for Automotive Lightweight Materials Soaring

By on March 20, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Demand for Automotive Lightweight Materials Soaring

The Transparency Market Research Reports predicts the global automotive lightweight materials market will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2 percent from 2018 to 2026, reaching $260,000 million by 2026. Most revenue will be from the Asia-Pacific region. This is due to the developing nations recently starting up automotive lightweight materials industries. […]

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Kenaf—Natural Fiber for Lightweighting

By on March 19, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Kenaf—Natural Fiber for Lightweighting

Fast-growing, sustainable and easy on the environment “Someday you and I will see the day when auto bodies will be grown down on the farm.” Henry Ford, 1934 That someday has yet to come—but it’s getting closer. Ford did try his hand at a “plastic car made of soybeans” in 1941. It had 14 plastic […]

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New Scandium Alloy Developed

By on March 19, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
New Scandium Alloy Developed

Siberian Federal University (SFU) scientists, in cooperation with Russian aluminum company Rusal, have come up with a low-cost, high-strength aluminum-magnesium alloy that contains scandium and zirconium. The record low percentage of scandium is what makes this development so potentially important. Because scandium-content alloys reduce weight and metal density in steel structures, they are good for […]

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Researcher Uses Cookie to Explain Making HSS Lighter

By on March 18, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Researcher Uses Cookie to Explain Making HSS Lighter

Metal researcher Aniruddha Dutta won the German Science Slam Championship 2018. With a comparison between Oreos and high-strength steel, the 28-year-old gave the most entertaining scientific lecture in the competition, earning the loudest applause from the nearly 5,000 in attendance. Dutta works at the Max Planck Institute for Natural History. His 10-minute talk, “Stealing weight […]

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Hyundai Introduces New Fuel-Cell SUV

By on March 18, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Hyundai Introduces New Fuel-Cell SUV

Hyundai has a new, technologically advanced vehicle on the road—the 2019 NEXO with what it calls the industry’s most diverse SUV powertrain lineup. The NEXO also has the only mass-produced fuel-cell SUV for the U.S. market with an estimated range of 380 miles. It offers advanced driver assistance systems with remote smart parking and lane-following […]

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Enlighten Awards: Most Weight Reduction is Powertrain Agnostic

By on March 12, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
Enlighten Awards: Most Weight Reduction is Powertrain Agnostic

Weight efficiency benefits for ICE, EVs and hybrids Perhaps the most well-known automotive award for vehicle-weight reduction, referred to as lightweighting, is the Enlighten Award, presented by Altair. The award is given each summer at the Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) by Altair, in collaboration with the CAR (Center for Automotive Research) Group, which governs the […]

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Ford Pursuing Graphene for Lightweighting

By on February 16, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Ford Pursuing Graphene for Lightweighting

Graphene is being called a “miracle material.” It’s 200 times stronger than steel, highly conductive, an excellent sound barrier while at the same time flexible and thin. Ford is using graphene to improve underhood components that weigh less, have improved heat conductivity and diminish noise. Working with Tier I Eagle Industries and graphene supplier XG […]

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