Manufacturers want researchers to provide greater insight to the advanced materials being selected for jet engine and airframe designs

Manufacturers want researchers to provide greater insight to the advanced materials being selected for jet engine and airframe designs.

Researchers Going Deeper into Lightweight Materials’ Formation, Behavior

Two new LIFT programs seek better understanding of how titanium, aluminum-lithium form, evolve, and perform Third, fourth lightweight materials R&D projects Cutting Ti parts’ development time and cost Identifying “computational tools” for managing Al-Li

The Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) initiative is taking an inward turn in its latest technology R&D projects, emphasizing less how light materials can be manufactured and more how they form, and how they perform in practical applications. As important, the two projects LIFT has announced in recent weeks are focused on higher-value, more specialized materials, suggesting a general need among manufacturers to gain more flexibility to accomplish emerging product designs.

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