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STTR Phase I: Development of an Innovative Warm Hydroforming System for…

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National Science Foundation
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2008 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Interlaken Technology Corporation
8175 Century Boulevard Chaska, MN 55318 3057
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: STTR Phase I: Development of an Innovative Warm Hydroforming System for Lightweight Alloys
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0741042
Award Amount: $149,901.00


This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will address the challenges caused by rising fuel prices, environmental concerns, and international market pressures which are driving the urgent need to seek innovative ways to conserve energy by improving fuel efficiency in vehicular transportation. Substantial gains in fuel economy may be made by reducing vehicle weight through novel uses of lightweight materials, such as aluminum and magnesium alloys, but there are barriers in forming aluminum and magnesium alloys at room temperature. The warmforming process can help overcome some of those barriers. This project will address the challenges of implementing the warmforming process. The broader impact/commercial significance from the technology will be a solution for the automobile manufacturers to be able to design and fabricate lightweight vehicular components which can reduce fuel consumption. This project fosters collaboration between academic research and small business to address this high-risk high-payoff challenge that is timely, relevant, and critical in the effort to conserve energy and bolster the U.S. manufacturing base and automobile manufacturers.

Principal Investigator:

Patrick Cain

Business Contact:

Patrick Cain
Small Business Information at Submission:

Interlaken Technology Corporation
8175 Century Boulevard Chaska, MN 55318

EIN/Tax ID: 411369969
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
The Ohio State University
1960 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210 1063
Contact: Davis B Doty
Contact Phone: (614) 292-5063
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university