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 and executive director, LIFT.

The new projects include:

• High-Temperature Gas Forming and Simulation: A $1.87-million project to develop hot metal gas forming technology and predictive analytical modeling capability, with the goal of improving the dimensional accuracy and mechanical properties of complex lightweight-formed components.

• Systems Approach for Evaluation, Selection and Implementation of Chromate-free Coating Systems for Aluminum Alloys: This $900,000 project will develop an alternative to coatings relying on hexavalent chrome for corrosion resistance of selected aluminum alloys.

• Knowledge-Based Automated Assembly of Complex Structures: The $1.45-million project will demonstrate the ability to automatically weld complex thin-sheet metal structures.

• Friction Stir Welding (FSW) of Complex Structures: A $881,000 project that will advance the FSW process for hermetically sealed joints, offering the opportunity to replace vacuum brazing or use of sealants and adhesives.

• Friction Stir Welding of Dissimilar and Complex Aluminum-Based Materials: This $1.44-million project will expand the use of friction stir welding to advanced metal matrix aluminum composites.