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Hydroforming of Lightweight Aluminum and Magnesium Components from…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
61687
Program Year/Program:
2003 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
SBAassigned2003DOE1
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Engineering Solutions, LLC
5537 Corey Swirl Drive Dublin, OH 43017 0305
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Hydroforming of Lightweight Aluminum and Magnesium Components from Tube-Development and Commercialization of a Novel Elevated Temperature Hydroforming System
Agency: DOE
Contract: SBAassigned2003DOE1
Award Amount: $0.00
 

Abstract:

Significant fuel cost savings can be realized in the automotive and aerospace industries by employing lightweight materials in the design and fabrication of vehicular components. To date, the exploitation of lightweight magnesium and aluminum alloys in component fabrication has been restricted due to their limited formability at room temperatures in conventional metal stamping processes. Hydroforming is a relatively new forming process that employs the use of a pressurized fluid to expand tubular blanks into a forming die to create efficiently shaped parts. This project will design, fabricate, and test a practical, elevated-temperature, rapid-production, hydroforming system for the production of complex-shaped, lightweight aluminum and magnesium components. Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of enhancing the formability of selected aluminum and magnesium alloys at elevated temperatures using a novel tube hydroforming apparatus. Phase II will design, fabricate, and test a new prototype elevated-temperature hydroforming system. Computer modeling will be used in conjunction with testing results to optimize process parameters, in order to enhance component formability. The prototype will offer flexible control features to allow for process optimization.

Principal Investigator:

James G. Hnat
6104892255
jhnat@vortec.org

Business Contact:

David Guza
6147899890
guzad@alum.mit.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Engineering Solutions, LLC
5537 Corey Swirl Drive Dublin, OH 43017

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Lehigh University
526 Brodhead Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university