MATERIAL MATTERS

New Super Magnesium Alloy

New Super Magnesium Alloy

ALLITE® Inc., a full-service material sciences organization that develops and manufactures high-performance metal alloys, has added something notable to its product line— ALLITE Super Magnesium™ WE54. Designed for superior castability, it is 25-percent stronger than the traditional high-performance cast magnesium AZ91. Due to the alloy’s performance under extreme temperatures, ALLITE Super Magnesium WE54 will primarily […]

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Carbon Composites Innovations

Carbon Composites Innovations

Williams Advanced Engineering has introduced its proprietary, patent-pending innovations in carbon composites and the benefits they offer to the automotive industry and beyond. The company developed a pair of innovative technologies that promise a step-change in the affordability of composite materials. Known as 223™ and Racetrak™, these technologies offer comparable performance to existing composites solutions, […]

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NREL PROJECTS: Upcycling Plastics & Carbon-Fiber Research

NREL PROJECTS: Upcycling Plastics & Carbon-Fiber Research

The federal lab is exploring ways to aid the environment with new products. One day, a plastic Coca-Cola bottle may turn into a lightweight headlamp housing or battery casing if a research team at the National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., can scale up a process it has achieved on the laboratory bench […]

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SPE Seeks Nominations for Automotive Innovation Awards

SPE Seeks Nominations for Automotive Innovation Awards

It’s that time again—time to start submitting nominations for the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE®) 49th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala. This is the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. This year’s awards gala will be held Nov. 6, 2019, at the Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich. “Polymer technologies are […]

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Martinrea Buys Big in Graphene Company

Martinrea Buys Big in Graphene Company

Martinrea International Inc., a leader in the development and production of quality, lightweight metal parts, is making a large investment in NanoXplore Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of highvolume graphene powder. This investment would bring Martinrea’s ownership interest in NanoXplore to approximately 16 percent of the issued and outstanding shares. In addition, Martinrea announced it […]

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Extruded Elements and Lightweighting

Extruded Elements and Lightweighting

It’s predicted that the amount of aluminum and extruded-aluminum products in a North American vehicle will go up 30 percent over the next 10 years. That’s 565 pounds or 16 percent of the vehicle’s weight. This according to Ducker Worldwide, a consulting and research firm. Auto designers and engineers like aluminum extrusions because they can […]

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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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GMC CarbonPro for Pickups

GMC CarbonPro for Pickups

Industry-first carbon fiber composite box America is in love—with the pickup truck. The first one sold 209 units in 1917, the initial year of its production. Compare that to the first half of 2018 when 1.4 million pickups were sold. In the 1950s, the pickup went from a work vehicle meant for hauling to a […]

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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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