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The use of lightweight alloys 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 metals, including aluminum alloys and high-strength steels.
Upon surveying our partners in the automotive and steel industries, we determined that NIST can meet a key role in addressing this problem by developing new mechanical testing methods and metrology, as well as a fundamental understanding of the interplay between multiaxial strain behavior and sheet microstructure.
We work with members of industry and academia, including: