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    ARTICLE: Constellium’s Automotive Structures Adapt to Automaker Specifications

    Automotive is a key pillar of Constellium’s overall strategy, accounting for 24% of the company’s sales in 2018 with further growth expected in the near future. This growth is reflected in the company’s recent investments in its global Automotive Structures business unit, with two new plants in Mexico and Slovakia. These new facilities enable the […]

  • Brunel Universtiy - BCAST

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    BCAST Invests in New Light Metals Research Center

    Brunel University’s Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) in London is investing in the construction of a new light metals research facility, called the Future Metallurgy Centre. The project has been granted £16 million from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). “We are very pleased with the £16m UKRPIF funding,” said Prof. Zhongyun Fan, director of […]

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    New Gordon Murray Aluminum and Composite Auto Body Design Cuts Weight

    Gordon Murray Design has unveiled the iStream Superlight® automotive body-in-white (BIW) structure, which combines a high-strength aluminum frame with advanced carbon fibre composite panels. The design aims to bring Formula One-derived construction and technologies to mainstream car production. The lightweight structure delivers up to 50% weight reduction compared with a standard stamped-metal body and offers greater safety, […]

  • Figure 4. Extruded battery enclosure design in the skateboard style for the Audi e-tron.

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    ARTICLE: Electric Vehicles Spike Demand for High Strength Aluminum Extrusions

    By Geoff Scamans, Innoval Technology and Brunel University. The majority of the U.K.’s greenhouse gas emissions now come from transport, a sector whose emissions rose by 2% according to the recently released 2016 figures from the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Transport accounts for 26% of the U.K.’s greenhouse gas emissions, […]

  • Brunel University - BCAST - AMPC

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    Brunel Launches Advanced Metal Processing Centre for Automotive Aluminum Research

    Brunel University London opened its Advanced Metal Processing Centre (AMPC) at the Brunel Center for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), which will enable R&D activity to enable innovations, such as lightweight car parts, to make the leap from the lab to full-scale industrial trials. This is the second phase of BCAST’s scale-up facility, following the launch […]

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    RACEForm Project Receives £4.8 million In Funding to Explore Rapid Aluminum Forming

    The Rapid Aluminium Cost Effective Forming (RACEForm) Project, a consortium of industry and academic partners lead by Impression Technologies, has been awarded funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK Ltd. (APC) to further develop and validate Impression Technologies’ hot form quench (HFQ®) Technology for use in the global automotive industry. The total project value is £9.5 million, with […]

  • Jaguar Land Rover - REALITY

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    Jaguar Land Rover Launches Program to Support Recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is expanding its closed-loop recycling programs by implementing a new project to further develop its closed-loop recycling of aluminum from end-of-life vehicles back into new, high-performance products for its vehicles. The £2 million project, called REALITY, will consider advanced sorting technologies and evaluate the next generation aluminum alloys for greater recyclability. […]

  • Dr Hari Babu Nadendla

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    Grain Refiner Breakthrough for Magnesium Alloys

    Scientists at Brunel University London have developed the first ever grain refiner master alloy for magnesium-aluminum alloys. A team led by Dr. Hari Babu Nadendla from the Brunel Centres for Advanced Solidification Techniques found a patented niobium-based master alloy that not only filled the missing gap in grain refiners for magnesium alloys but offered significant advantages […]