The University of Michigan
Funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy,  the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, and by U.S. and China Industrial Partners
U.S. - China Clean Energy Research Center Clean Vehicle Research Consortium

Advanced Lightweight Materials and Structures


Research Thrust 04 - Advanced Lightweight Materials and Structures

Due to the limitations in individual materials with respect to crash performance, affordability and manufacturability, most analyses conclude that a multi-material approach will dominate future vehicle structure designs, where material for each component is chosen to satisfy locally-required properties. However, the use of lightweight materials in commercial vehicles has been extremely limited, due to the lack of low-cost, high-quality processes for forming and joining these materials. The overall objective for this thrust is to address critical engineering challenges in achieving significant reduction (in the order of 50%) of future vehicle weights by adopting lightweight materials while maintaining functional performance and cost competitiveness.

Thrust Area Leaders

Kazuhiro Saitou - University of Michigan
Qing Zhou - Tsinghua University

Co - Thrust Area Leaders

Glenn Daehn - The Ohio State University
Liang Tang - Tsinghua University