We are seeking improvements in the mechanical properties of Aluminum that can lead to reductions in weight, reductions in cost or increased formability.
Weight reduction is critical for OEMs during part manufacture in order to meet emissions targets. There are many constraints in casting and sheet material processing – Elongation, yield, UTS, density, and Young’s modulus. Any methods to improve one, some, or all of these would open up designs for further mass loss, cost reduction, and/or formability.
- No increase in weight, cost or formability
- Mechanical performance better than current materials
- Density decrease 10%-20% , while maintaining mechanical properties– ys, uts, elongation, Young’s Mod.
- Young’s Modulus increase 50-100% , while maintaining mechanical properties – ys, uts, elongation, density
- Density decrease 10%-20% and Modulus increase 50-100% , while maintaining mechanical properties – ys, uts, Elongation.
Possible solution areas:
- Castings – Alloy development and alloy elements
- Computational and design approaches
Desired outcome of the solution:
Simple modification of metals that leads to significant mechanical performance.
Field of use and intended applications:
Previously attempted solutions:
Novel alloys for sheet or extrusion mills