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  • Figure 3. Open-air casting of the first magnesium metal ingot generated using the company’s proprietary production process.

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    Big Blue Technologies Developing Carbothermal Reduction Technology for Magnesium Metal Production

    Big Blue Technologies has officially begun producing primary magnesium (Mg) metal on its pilot system in Denver, Colorado (Figure 1), which uses a proprietary carbothermal reduction process. Implementing modern high temperature and vacuum engineering solutions, the company aims to introduce the world’s most energy and material efficient primary production process. The company plans to produce […]

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    PPG Selected for DOE Partnership to Develop Adhesives for Lightweight Vehicles

    Vehicle manufacturers are exploring the use of aluminum, high-strength steel, magnesium, carbon-fiber composites, and other lightweight materials to reduce vehicle mass and improve fuel economy. This approach requires new adhesive chemistries that will mitigate corrosion and thermal expansion issues associated with joining dissimilar materials. PPG was selected for a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) partnership, […]

  • alcoa-Large Eddy Simulation to Improve Cell Design

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    Alcoa Selected to Receive DOE Funding for Improved Pot Cell Technology

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is providing nearly $1.2 million for four new projects to support American steel and aluminum manufacturers in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity, and accelerating manufacturing innovation. Among the projects to be funded is Alcoa’s “Large Eddy Simulation to Improve Cell Design,” […]

  • ShAPE - magnesium

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    New Extrusion Process for Manufacturing Magnesium Car Parts

    Magnesium is 75% lighter than steel and 33% lighter than aluminum. As the lightest of all structural metals, magnesium has a lot of potential for lightweighting cars and trucks in the aim of improving fuel economy. However, auto makers have been challenged in their attempts to incorporate magnesium alloys into structural car parts. The Department […]

  • Magna International

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    Magna Develops Ultralight Door Module

    Magna International Inc. — in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and partners Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) US and Grupo Antolin — developed a new, ultralight door architecture that achieves 42.5% mass savings compared to an average current production door. The door-in-white assembly makes extensive use of aluminum, which achieves approximately half of the total […]

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    ORNL 3D-Printed Excavator Project Advances Additive Manufacturing R&D

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers partnered with industry partners and university students to design and produce the world’s first 3D-printed excavator as part of Project Additive Manufactured Excavator (AME), which will focus on using metal additive manufacturing to develop heavy construction machinery. The prototype will leverage large-scale additive manufacturing technologies and explore the feasibility of printing with metal […]

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Laser Bonding

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    Oak Ridge Uses Lasers to Bond Aluminum and Carbon Fiber

    Joining aluminum and carbon fiber composites for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products could become less expensive and the joints more robust because of a new method that harnesses a laser’s power and precision. The process, developed by a team led by Adrian Sabau of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), […]