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LIFT to evaluate metal to composites joining technologies

May '19
Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), a US manufacturing institute operated by American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), has announced a new project with Center for Automotive Research (CAR) to test and evaluate mixed-material joining technologies such as metals and polymer composites in automotive applications.

The project, valued at $500,000, will take place in phases to be completed by Oct 31, 2019, said LIFT in a media statement. The phases include data collection, survey and application specific technology selections; computer-aided simulation studies; coupon-level testing; ranking of technologies for each material combination for specific applications, including: front structure, underbody, roof, body sides, rear-end and closures.

The project, part of LIFT’s Fast Forge programme, is led by LIFT and CAR, and partners include CAR’s Coalition for Lightweighting Materials (CALM) working group and LIFT members. The project team will test various joining technologies and recommend the most optimal joining technologies for specific material combinations.

The results of this study will be published in the public domain and shared at various industry events, with the goal of increasing awareness and eliminating qualification barriers. One result of the study is intended to be a detailed catalog containing information on innovative mixed-material joining technologies, including selection criteria, computer-aided engineering results, physical testing data for various combinations and application-specific recommendations for the industry.

“Mixed materials are the future for not just the auto industry, but other industries as well, as they look to save on weight, time and ultimately cost,” said Hadrian Rori, chief technology officer at LIFT. “As we look toward a smart manufacturing future, testing, studying and validating those materials is critical to supporting the industry.”

“LIFT is the right organisation to partner with on this project,” said Abhay Vadhavkar, director of materials and manufacturing technology at CAR. “With both LIFT and CAR here in Southeast Michigan, the epicenter of the auto industry, it is a perfect fit to team up to advance the materials technology into the future.” (PC)

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