Story excerpt provided by The Ohio State University College of Engineering.
Written by Candi Clevenger.
An Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund (TVSF) grant will accelerate Ohio State University researchers’ efforts to further develop and commercialize a technology that offers stronger, yet inexpensive, metal welding.
It could benefit the production of lighter vehicles, a key strategy being pursued to meet federal fuel efficiency standards of 54.5 mpg on cars and trucks by 2025. Shedding significant vehicle weight requires switching to lightweight materials like high-strength steel, aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber composites. But currently used welding processes, such as resistance spot welding, won’t work as effectively for fabricating multi-metal vehicles due to melting point differences of the various materials.
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Originally published June 23, 2015.