MATERIAL MATTERS

Lightweighting/Fuel Efficiency Drive High-Performance Plastic Demand

By on November 16, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Lightweighting/Fuel Efficiency Drive High-Performance Plastic Demand

According to Frost & Sullivan, a business-consulting firm, lightweighting, engine downsizing and vehicle electrification will increase demand and adoption of high-performance plastics (HPPs) in the automotive and aerospace industries. Frost & Sullivan anticipates the automotive and aerospace HPP market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2 percent until 2024, reaching $3.05 […]

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LIFT’s New Undertakings

LIFT’s New Undertakings

Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) is launching its third round of technology projects. This round will total more than $6.5 million in combined federal and industry investment in critical lightweight solutions. “We are very pleased to launch these new projects with our partners to invigorate new innovation in lightweighting,” said Nigel Francis, chief executive officer […]

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DOE Vehicle Research

By on November 16, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
DOE Vehicle Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is backing 42 projects totaling $80 million to support advanced vehicle technologies that will enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce U.S. dependence on foreign sources of critical materials and enhance the country’s economic growth. Some of the areas the projects deal with are batteries and electrification […]

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Automotive Adhesives

By on November 15, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Automotive Adhesives

The use of adhesives in vehicles is on the rise. According to 3M, the Post-it folks, “Some of today’s vehicles contain more than 500 linear feet of adhesive . . . This is nearly 15 times more adhesive than was used in a vehicle in 2001. There is no question when it comes to lightweight […]

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Graphene for Car Industry

By on November 14, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Graphene for Car Industry

Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) received funding to undertake research on the innovative, lightweight material, graphene, with the intent of pushing the technology toward production readiness for the automotive industry. The maker of the world’s only road-legal, single-seater supercar—the BAC Mono (above)—received the Niche Vehicle Network (NVN) grant alongside Haydale Composite Solutions and Pentaxia Composites. BAC […]

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Swedish Researchers Make Biomaterial Breakthrough

By on November 10, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Swedish Researchers Make Biomaterial Breakthrough

Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, founded in 1827, is doing some very 21st-century research, as reported by GreenBiz. Its biomaterials project came up with a cellulose nanofiber that is 20-percent stronger and far stiffer than spider silk. Spider silk is five times as strong as steel. The new, lightweight material has a tensile strength […]

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Heat-Tolerant Aluminum Alloys

By on November 8, 2018 in MATERIAL MATTERS
Heat-Tolerant Aluminum Alloys

Finding new ways to improve the performance of aluminum alloys at high temperatures. Aluminum is a key material in the automotive sector for several reasons. It is a light metal with a specific weight of 2.7 g/cm3 , about a third that of steel. Aluminum naturally develops a protective oxide film and is highly corrosion […]

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Multi-Material Lightweighting with Optimization-LED Design

Multi-Material Lightweighting with Optimization-LED Design

Introducing a performance-driven, holistic product-development method Lightweighting is a major focus in product design and development for ground transportation vehicles (passenger cars, trucks, buses) and many other consumer items. It is a multipurpose, economical solution for many industries, including environmental, construction and transportation.Product cost, CO2 emissions (increasing 34.1 mpg 2016 to 54.5 mpg by the […]

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Ceramic-Balls Market Expanding

By on August 29, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Ceramic-Balls Market Expanding

According to MarketsandMarkets, the ceramic-balls market will grow from $433.0 million in 2018 to $636.3 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 8.0 percent between 2018 and 2023. The increasing use of heat- and corrosion-resistant materials in the automotive end-use industry is one of the significant driving factors. Silicon-based ceramic balls provide superior properties, such […]

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Nanostructured Magnesium Alloys

By on August 17, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Nanostructured Magnesium Alloys

Terves LLC. was selected by the U.S. Army and Missile Defense Agency to continue development of innovative high-strength, non-flammable, nanostructured magnesium alloys for lightweighting applications. The company received Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) support for its patent-pending cast and wrought magnesium alloys, which could save 30 percent or more in structural […]

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