Dynamet Technology Receives NSF Grant To Develop Critical Titanium Automotive Components
Dynamet Technology, Inc., Burlington, Massachusetts announced today it has received a National Science Foundation Phase I SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Grant to develop Titanium Automotive Powertrain Components for Increased Fuel Efficiency and Reduced Emissions. The program will apply Dynamet’s advanced titanium powder metal manufacturing technology and its innovative wear resistant lightweight titanium alloys to create automotive powertrain components offering increased fuel efficiency. The principal investigator for this program will be Ms. Susan M. Abkowitz, Dynamet’s V.P. Technology & Operations. Ford Motor Company will be participating with Dynamet on the testing and evaluation of the novel materials and critical components.
Dr. Anthony Walters, NSF Program Officer, indicated that the broader/commercial impact of the
project will be reduced weight parts (particularly in reciprocating applications) at a lower cost than
conventional titanium parts. Reducing the weight of specific reciprocating parts can allow weight reduction of other components as well as reduced bearing stress and friction. Mr. Glen Weber, Technical Specialist – Engine Metals for Ford Motor Company indicated that the Dynamet technology is compelling and with further development has a strong potential to contribute to the production of increasingly energy efficient vehicles.
Mr. Stanley Abkowitz, CEO of Dynamet Technology, stated that the Grant recognizes NSF
appreciation of the importance of implementing near-term improvements in the efficiency of today’s
combustion engine, enabling the automotive industry to continually increase its Government mandated CAFE requirements.
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