Thermoplastic Forming of Bulk Metallic Glasses for Energy Efficiency in Transportation
Supercool Metals, LLC will explore manufacturing processes for high-strength, light-weight structural metal parts to enable more energy-efficient transportation. Lightweighting is a necessity for the automotive and aerospace industries, and increasingly important for the transition to hybrid and fully electric vehicles. Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), which will be investigated in this project, are complex, light-weight alloys with significantly higher mechanical properties (e.g., strength, toughness, corrosion resistance) than conventional alloys. Supercool Metals will explore possibilities for commercial thermoplastic forming-based processes focused on blow molding lightweight BMGs. This approach will improve energy efficiency during manufacturing and in service, as BMGs enable lightweighting opportunities and advanced design concepts.
If successful, Supercool Metals will develop high-strength, light-weight, and easily manufactured vehicle parts.
Lighter vehicles require less energy, thus reducing energy consumption and decreasing CO2 emissions.