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    Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum Alloys

    Editor’s Note: As many articles have appeared in Light Metal Age (both in the magazine and online) describing and following the friction stir welding (FSW) process, especially its application in joining aluminum alloys in various forms and tempers, readers should be familiar with its advantages. In the FSW process, aluminum components are joined in the solid […]

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    FABTECH 2019 – Nano Technology for the Welding of Previously Unweldable High Strength Aluminum Alloys

    FABTECH 2019, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing, was held on November 11-14 in Chicago, Illinois. The event achieved record attendance, with a total of 48,278 attendees from 95 countries over the course of four days. During FABTECH, Light Metal Age spoke with Prof. Xiaochun Li, founder of MetaLi, about the company’s groundbreaking […]

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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, […]

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    SDK Develops Technology to Directly Bond Aluminum Alloys and Polycarbonate Resin

    Showa Denko in Japan developed an innovative technology to directly bond aluminum alloys and polycarbonate resin (a commodity amorphous engineering plastic) without using an adhesive. One possible application for this technology is the housings for smart phones, which require a high level of durability. It is common to join aluminum alloys and polycarbonate resin through […]

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    University of Stuttgart Develops New Friction Stir Welding Process for Joining Aluminum and Steel Plates

    The Materials Testing Institute at the University of Stuttgart has developed a process, based on friction stir welding (FSW), for the high-strength welding of aluminum and steel plates. The plates can have different thicknesses and the seam is so stable that the hybrid plates can even be deep drawn. This enables lightweight yet sturdy hybrid […]

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    Furukawa Electric Develops Fibre Laser Welding for Aluminum

    The demand for lighter automobile bodies in order to provide improved fuel efficiency and reduced CO2emissions has increased in recent years, and various types of aluminum alloys are now being used for automobile parts in an increasingly broad range of ways. Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan developed a new fiber laser welding technology said to address […]

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    GALM Detroit 2019: Lightweighting and Advanced Material Solutions for Next Generation EVs

    The 8th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Summit Detroit (GALM 2019) is the world’s leading automotive lightweighting conference providing design solutions, modeling, material strategies, joining processes, advanced structures & manufacturing innovation insights. The new agenda reflects major automotive industry investment into a new generation of EVs and autonomous vehicles by established and start-up OEMs. The rapid […]

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    Welding, Joining, and Assembly of Aluminum Extrusions

    US9951971 — SOLAR MIRROR ARRAY SYSTEM, METHODS AND APPARATUSES THERETO — Werner Extrusion Solutions LLC (USA) — An apparatus for transferring force to a frame of a solar mirror array. The frame has at least one structural element. The apparatus includes a torque plate. The apparatus includes at least one node attached to and in […]

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    New Audi R8 Spyder Features Multi-Material Frame

    The new 2017 R8 Spyder feature a mixed material construction designed to improve performance and fuel economy. Designed with close cooperation between racing engineers, motorsport specialists, and developers, the street version of the R8 has a significant boost in performance. The R8 Spyder features a new multi-material Audi Space Frame (ASF) that combines aluminum components with components made of […]