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NIST Center for Automotive Lightweighting Workshop

This workshop will be held in close conjunction with the NADDRG Spring Meeting here at NIST May 22nd.

This workshop has several goals:

  1. A review of the current research activities of NCAL, seeking feedback that what we are doing is still of high relevance to the automotive industry.
  2. Introduction of our greatly expanded experimental capabilities to our partners and stakeholders, hoping to spur thoughts on future work and collaborations
  3. Set future research directions for research with an expected increase in funding for this program
  4. Begin discussions about mechanisms for industrial and academic interactions with NCAL, including the formation of a consortium.

The output of the workshop will be a report authored primarily by our industrial stakeholders detailing what they feel is most important for NIST / NCAL to be working on to support the goal of manufacturing lighter, more fuel efficient vehicles.  This report will be used to guide the expansion of this program with new internal and consortium funds.

(As of 5-14-13) - REGISTRANTS SO FAR FROM: 

  • GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda
  • US Steel, Severstal, Thyssen-Krupp, Arcelor-Mittal, AK Steel, Nucor
  • ALCOA, Novelis
  • PPG, DuPont, Dow Chemical
  • 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
  • Correlated Solutions, Livermore Software Technology Corp (LSTC), MTS Systems, TribSys, Proto Manufacturing
  • AISI


NIST is sponsoring this workshop and the NADDRG Spring Meeting, but cannot provide food or refreshments for either meeting due to federal law.  If you would like to explore sponsorship for these needs, please contact Tim Foecke (301-975-6592 or tfoecke [at] (tfoecke[at]nist[dot]gov))

Day 1:  Beginning at 8:30, ending about 5:00

  • Welcome and Overview of the NIST Center for Automotive Lightweighting research activities and mission
  • Brief overview presentation by Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office about AMNPO and AMTech
  • Overview talks by industrial participants on experimental, standards and data needs for automotive lightweighting
  • Tour of our new facilities in Building 231
  • Tasking the breakout groups
  • Lunch
  • Breakout Sessions on Materials, Testing, Models, Standards (exact topics to be determined)

Day 2 (am):  Starting 8:30, finishing no later than 2 pm.

  • Reconvene to find common ground and consensus
  • Discussion on need for and structure of consortium
  • Plans for industrially-authored workshop report

Tim Foecke, Director, Overview

Mark Iadicola (NIST) - Experimental Capabilities of NCAL

Tom Stoughton (GM) - Data and Measurement Needs in Lightweight Metal Formability Simulations

Frank Gayle (ANMPO) - Outline of the NNMI Institute System

General travel guidance can be found HERE.  Several hotels are located close by (Hilton, Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, etc), and cabs are available from the closest Metro stop (Shady Grove on the Red Line).  Flying into BWI and Dulles are equally easy, but for those who wish to avoid renting a car, National is best.

US Citizens need to provide full name as it appears on an official ID such as a driver's license.  Foreign guests require a bit more processing and will be contacted for needed information well before the meeting.

Created February 22, 2013, Updated September 23, 2020