Lightweighting of machines and vehicles is a critical enabler of faster and cleaner production and transportation. Lightweighting requires careful selection of low-density materials (e.g., light metals such as aluminum and magnesium) and optimization of the component shape. However, as designers push for thinner wall sections, more exotic shapes, and higher-strength quench-sensitive alloys, then it is becoming more difficult to make these lightweight components. The result is often distorted parts with high residual stresses and heterogeneous microstructures. This study will focus on rapid and accurate prediction of these problems and novel material, tooling, and control solutions to reduce part distortion and microstructure heterogeneity.
Funding: $30K (2022)
Goal: The goal is to accelerate lightweighting of mass-produced metal components by generating new knowledge on part distortion during manufacturing and developing low-cost, scalable solutions.
Token Investors: Daniel Cooper, Pingsha Dong
Project ID: 1016