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In Situ Xray Stress Measurement on Cruciform Sample

In Situ Xray Stress Measurement on Cruciform Sample

The NIST Center for Automotive Lightweighting Mission

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.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES:  Updated 9-2-15

NCAL is seeking highly motivated applicants.. For additional information, contact Tim Foecke (301-975-6592,

Post-Doc Researcher:  Researcher to investigate the mechanical response of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites as part of a DOE-funded collaboration with Ford, Dow, Northwestern University and LSTC.  The program aims for an ICME-based understanding of structure/property relationships of CFRPs to aid their introduction into lightweight auto bodies.  Research will be conducted to provide dynamic and quasistatic properties of fibers, yarns, weaves, matrix and composite materials, and high rate tests of prototype components will validate the resulting models.  PhD in materials science, mechanical engineering or other relevant area with experience in mechanical testing, data evaluation, polymer composites is preferred.  Position will be through the University of Maryland - College Park.  Competitive salary and benefits.  Many opportunities to interact with industrial contacts and expand professional network.  Project funded for 4 years.