Ohio Third Frontier award will advance breakthrough welding technology

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.

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