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

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$149,901.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
0741042
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
NSF 07-551
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
0741042
Solicitation Topic Code:
AM
Small Business Information
Interlaken Technology Corporation
8175 Century Boulevard, Chaska, MN, 55318
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
010474252
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Cain
 PhD
 (952) 856-4210
 pcain@interlaken.com
Business Contact
 Patrick Cain
Title: PhD
Phone: (952) 856-4210
Email: pcain@interlaken.com
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University
 Davis B Doty
 1960 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH, 43210 1063
 (614) 292-5063
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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.

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