February 29, 2016
UTRC leads project putting the world's lightest metal to use

DETROIT, Michigan – United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and the University of Michigan are leading work on advanced computer simulations to better understand and predict the performance of aluminum-lithium alloys in formed parts, as part of a LIFT technology project announced today.

LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), is a public-private partnership to develop and deploy advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implement education and training programs to prepare the workforce.

LIFT launched the technology project to focus on predicting the performance of aluminum-lithium alloys -- important materials for the next generation of jet engines and other aerospace applications.

Alex Staroselsky, principal research engineer, UTRC, is leading the industry side of the project partnership, which also includes material process modeling and simulation of the properties evolution during industrial operations.

"Any company interested in these alloys may benefit from what we develop, but we are really focused on improving turbine engine components for the aerospace industry," Staroselsky said.

The project expects to develop a predictive simulation tool that can be calibrated and validated against practical experience and various lab experiments to be performed at Case Western Research University and The Ohio State University.

Read the full press release on the LIFT website.

Contact: Stephanie Duvall, (860) 614-0783

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