MATERIAL MATTERS

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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Accolades for SikaPower, SikeSeal

By on August 15, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Accolades for SikaPower, SikeSeal

Frost & Sullivan presented Sika Automotive with the 2018 European Product Leadership Award for its flagship adhesives, SikaPower® and SikaSeal®. These two market-leading body-shop adhesives improve automobiles’ stiffness, crash durability and fatigue performance, thereby reducing vehicle weight and increasing safety levels. “Sika’s Body Shop Adhesive products enable lighter-weight vehicle body construction, leading to higher fuel […]

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New CGL to Meet Advanced High-Strength Steels Demand

By on August 1, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

United States Steel Corporation and Kobe Steel, Ltd. will begin construction of a new continuous galvanizing line (CGL) at their subsidiaries’ joint venture, PRO-TEC Coating Company in Leipsic, Ohio, in response to an increased demand for advanced highstrength steels (AHSS). The new CGL, an investment of approximately $400 million, will have a yearly capacity of […]

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Eliminating a Vexing Problem — Fog on Headlights

Eliminating a Vexing Problem — Fog on Headlights

Imagine an automotive lamp that is fog free and weighs less than a conventional one. Hyundai Mobis did more than imagine. It developed new materials that fend off fog and slash weight by 20 percent. It took only 18 months start of finish for Hyundai Mobis along with Initz (SK Chemical’s subsidiary), a Korean materials […]

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Automating New Joining Technologies for Lightweight Materials

Automating New Joining Technologies for Lightweight Materials

Ongoing efforts to reduce vehicle weight by OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) create the requirement for new and innovative methods of joining in body-in-white (BIW) assembly systems. This article will discuss some of the challenges of integrating advanced joining processes into an automated production system based on our experience with such work at Comau, a member […]

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