Story excerpt provided by The Lantern.
Written by Shiyun Wang.
A team of engineers from Ohio State has developed a new welding technique that has the potential to change the automobile industry.
Anupam Vivek, the senior research associate working on the project, said the new type of welding used for the project is called solid-state welding, which uses electricity to weld materials using a very high-speed impact between two or more sheets of metal. This is different than the traditional welding technique, fusion-state welding, which uses heat to melt the materials.
The new welding technique uses 80 percent less energy with bonds created 50 percent stronger. Materials that usually cannot be welded in the traditional way are now weldable.
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Originally published December 7, 2015.