John Pellettieri

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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Bonding Builds BETTER Vehicles

By on November 15, 2018 in PROCESSES & FABRICATING
Bonding Builds BETTER Vehicles

Adhesives lower weight and costs. With a global emphasis on carbon-dioxide reductions, all automotive manufacturers have been working on extensive evaluations of their vehicle fleet to identify the best options for powertrain solutions while satisfying many other factors, including consumer acceptance, cost, safety and global/local government requirements for fuel efficiency and reduction of tailpipe emissions. […]

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Michigan 2018 Engineering Alumni Winner

By on November 15, 2018 in IN THE NEWS
Michigan 2018 Engineering Alumni Winner

Katherine Avery Vozar, a leader in automotive lightweighting, received Michigan Engineering’s 2018 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. The award, among the higest accolades given by the Michigan Engineering Alumni Board, honors alumni who have contributed substantially to their field, and either graduated within the past 10 years or are no more than 35 years old. Vozar […]

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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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Bridging the Gap Between Tryout & Mass Production

By on November 14, 2018 in DESIGN/MODELING/SIMULATION
Bridging the Gap Between Tryout & Mass Production

The current industrial standard is to use a constant (coulomb) coefficient of friction. This limits the overall accuracy of the tryout’s forming process simulation. At present, the automotive industry is facing several trends, particularly the increased use of aluminium and thinner sheet materials. The trends are geared toward lightweighting, and they bring challenges, including the […]

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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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Automotive Applications Embracing Metal Additive Manufacturing

By on November 13, 2018 in DESIGN/MODELING/SIMULATION
Automotive Applications Embracing Metal Additive Manufacturing

Selective laser melting is set to revolutionize the market. Metal Additive Manufacturing, more commonly referred to as 3-D printing, grabs headlines in the aerospace, defense and medical sectors, but also continues to gain ground in the automotive industry for its ability to lightweight components, reduce assemblies and integrate performance features inconceivable through traditional machining methods. […]

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Faster, More Efficient CNC Machining Center

By on November 10, 2018 in PROCESSES & FABRICATING
Faster, More Efficient CNC Machining Center

The CMS IKON Is Easily Modified to Meet Customer Needs Background Established in 2014, Kangde Composite Materials Co., Ltd., is the core enterprise of the carbon fiber lightweight ecological platform that was jointly developed by the Kangde Group and Kangdexin Group. It provides customers with design, research and development for carbon fiber composite parts. This […]

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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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