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Timothy Foecke
Director - NIST Center for Automotive Lightweighting

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



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:

  • Thyssen Krupp - (Tension-Compression Test Development)
  • Chrysler - (A/SP Project on Highly Non-Linear Strain Paths)
  • Ford - (A/SP Project on Highly Non-Linear Strain Paths, Tension-Compression Test)
  • General Motors - (A/SP Project on Highly Non-Linear Strain Paths)
  • Auto/Steel Partnership
  • USS - (A/SP Project on Highly Non-Linear Strain Paths)
  • Carnegie Mellon University - (Crystal Plasticity Modeling)
  • POSTECH - (Multiaxial Testing and Constitutive Law Development)
  • ALCOA - (Multiaxial Testing)
  • BASF, PPG, DuPont - (High Rate Testing of Polymer Composites)
  • Ford, Dow, LSTC - (DOE-funded ICME of CFRP composites)
  • Northwestern University - (AmTech project on innovative forming technologies)