MATERIAL MATTERS

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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Novelis Aluminum in Jaguar EV

By on February 8, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Novelis Aluminum in Jaguar EV

Novelis, a leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, will supply its premium Novelis Advanz™ aluminum to the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE. This new addition to the Jaguar PACE family, and the carmaker’s first all-electric vehicle, features a strong and stiff lightweight aluminum construction to reduce weight and increase battery range up to 290 miles. The electric […]

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Lightweight Vehicle Body Structures from MSC Smart Steel

By on February 4, 2019 in MATERIAL MATTERS
Lightweight Vehicle Body Structures from MSC Smart Steel

One of the driving principals of automotive engineering today is improving fuel efficiency, which thereby reduces carbon emissions. Many strategies have been implemented concurrently by the automotive OEMs, such as improved aerodynamics and adopting alternative powertrains, but the most widely implemented practice involves reducing vehicle mass. More than ever, innovative designs and lightweight materials are […]

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Fluorocarbons CAGR to Jump 3 Percent

By on November 18, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Fluorocarbons CAGR to Jump 3 Percent

Expect the global fluorocarbon market to see a compound annual growth rate of more than 3 percent from 2018 to 2022. This according to Technavio, a market research company. One reason for the increase is the rising demand for lightweight materials, especially in the automotive industry. Fluorocarbons are used in air-conditioning and various automobile components, […]

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2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame

By on November 18, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame

The first injection-molded thermoplastic (PC/PBT) rear energy absorber for a vehicle bumper system, used on the 2003 Honda Element compact crossover SUV, was named the 2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®). The energy absorber, made with XENOY™ Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin from […]

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Flax & Lightweighting

By on November 17, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Flax & Lightweighting

It’s been 35 years since carbon fibers revolutionized F1 cars. Since then, not much has happened, including getting past carbo-fiber problems such as sharp shattering in crashes, being expensive, manufacturing safety issues and a heavy eco footprint. Swiss company Bcomp Ltd wanted to move forward. It compiled latest information on composites and lightweighting and applied […]

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Braidy Takes Over Materials Technology Company

By on November 17, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Braidy Takes Over Materials Technology Company

Braidy Industries, Inc. has acquired NanoAl LLC, a world leader in the science of nanocrystallinestrengthening technology applied to sheet aluminum, as a third wholly owned subsidiary. NanoAl will join the Braidy Atlas aluminum-rolling mill and Veloxint in the Braidy Industries company portfolio. NanoAl came out of the Department of Materials Science at Northwestern University with […]

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