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    ARTICLE: Sapa’s New R&D Lab to Focus on Auto Extrusions: Interview with Dave Lukasak, Sapa

    By Joseph C. Benedyk, Editor. Sapa Extrusions opened a new R&D lab in Troy, MI, dedicated to the development of extruded aluminum solutions for the automotive industry. Sapa Technology Americas specifically provides research and development activities on projects requested by Sapa’s North America Technical Center, the company’s plant network, and corporate R&D. Presently, the lab […]

  • 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), […]

  • University of Buffalo - Nanocavity

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    New Nanocavity May Improve Light Absorption in Solar Panels and Optoelectronic Devices

    Researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a photonic structure, or optical nanocavity, comprised of aluminum and aluminum oxide (Al2SO4). According to researchers, placing a single layer of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) molecules atop this optical nanocavity can increase the amount of light the semiconducting material is able to absorb. A nanocavity is an arrangement of mirrors that […]

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    Video: 7 out of 10 new pickup trucks to be aluminum-bodied by 2025

    Every leading automaker will include numerous aluminum body and closure programs by 2025 with aluminum sheet for complete bodies jumping to 4 billion lbs, from the 200 million lbs in 2013, noted the new report, 2015 North American Light Vehicle Aluminum Content Study. The report was commissioned by the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) […]