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NewsNCAL Welcomes Senator Mikulski for a tour January 27thNIST Center for Automotive Lightweighting (NCAL) Workshop May 23-24, 2013North American Deep Draw Research Group Spring Meeting to be held at NIST May 22nd 2013_________________________________3-25-13: New ARRA-funded Cruciform Multiaxial Mechanical Testing Facility is ONLINE2-10-13: NCAL welcomes Minh-Son Pham, post-doc from Carnegie Mellon to do crystal plasticity modeling.2-1-13: NCAL welcomes Hyuk Jong Bong, graduate student from POSTECH, for a 6 month stay to perform multiaxial yield experiments on thin stainless steel sheets10-1-12: NIST Co-Organizes Workshop on Advanced High-Strength Steels for Automotive Applications (Report)_______________________________NEWS ARCHIVETRAVEL TO NIST and NCAL 

Tim Foecke
Director - NIST Center for Automotive Lightweighting

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8553
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
301-975-6592 Telephone
301-975-4553 Facsimile


In Situ Xray Stress Measurement on Cruciform Sample

In Situ Xray Stress Measurement on Cruciform Sample

The use of lightweight materials in vehicles will significantly increase fuel efficiency and cut emissions, but the auto industry lacks data and material models needed to reliably manufacture vehicle components from lightweight substitutes, including aluminum alloys, high-strength steels and polymer composites. Because of computer models based on insufficient measurements, the U.S. auto industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars per year reworking metal forming dies that do not make correct parts.

Our objective is to develop the measurement methodology, standards and analysis necessary for the U.S. auto industry and base metal suppliers to transition to advanced lightweight materials for auto body components without wasteful trial-and-error development cycles, and successfully transfer this technology to our customers in industry. With this knowledge, the U.S. automotive industry will be able to transition to new advanced and lightweight materials more easily, as more accurate data and material models will lead to more accurate die designs, reducing die tryouts and new model development costs. 

We welcome ideas for collaborations with industrial, academic and national lab organizations that make use of our unique experimental capabilities.

WORKSHOP UPDATE (5-10-13) - Companies and others sending attendees to the workshop:

  • GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda
  • US Steel, Severstal, Thyssen-Krupp, Arcelor-Mittal, AK Steel, Nucor
  • ALCOA, Novelis
  • PPG, DuPont, Dow Chemical, SABIC
  • AMNPO/AMTech, US Army, DOE-EERE, NSF, ONR, ORNL, DOC, OSTP, State of Michigan Economic Development Corp
  • The Ohio State University, Northwestern University, University of Colorado - Denver, University of New Hampshire, Wayne State University, Clemson University, Colorado School of Mines, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Central Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan State University
  • Correlated Solutions, Livermore Software Technology Corp (LSTC), MTS Systems, TribSys, Proto Manufacturing
  • AISI