Mary Wells

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NSERC Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM)

2017/18-2019/20 • $3,058,750 • PI,CO
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has been identified across sectors as the next generation technology that will fundamentally change manufacturing. AM is on the cusp of being widely adopted to replace many conventional manufacturing processes and enable the development of...

Enhanced vehicle light weighting and safety through tailored hot stamping

2016/17-2019/20 • $715,283 • PI,CO
The proposed research will address the fundamental material characterization and model development required to introduce tailored hot stamping processes to fabricate automotive crash energy-absorbing frontal structure components. Hot stamping has been adopted extensively to fabricate side impact...

Elevated Temperature Forming of 7000-series Aluminum Automotive Structural Components

2018/19-2019/20 • $396,800 • PI,CO
The proposed research will address the efficient fabrication of automotive components using 7000-series aluminum sheet alloys to reduce automobile weight. These alloys offer tremendous weight reduction potential due to their high specific strength compared to conventional steels; however, their...

Cost-effective lightweight complex-shaped structural components made of magnesium: A hybrid manufacturing paradigm

2019/20 • $268,000 • PI,CO
Automotive industries are going through a major shift in using lightweight materials in vehicle design considerations to improve fuel/power economy. Magnesium (Mg) with low density, approximately two-thirds as dense as aluminum, high specific strength, and good fatigue properties, has received...

Development of a Hot Stamping Process Model for a 2,000 MPa Ultra High Strength Steel

2018/19-2019/20 • $260,000 • PI,CO
This research, to be undertaken as a collaboration between Ford, Promatek Research Centre (Magna) and the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, will address the hot stamping and final properties of a new ultra high strength steel alloy, Usibor 2000-AS. This alloy has a strength of 2,000 MPa...

Processing and Properties of Recycled Aluminum Alloys

2018/19-2019/20 • $78,000 • PI
The metallurgical industry is in the midst of a significant shift with the use of lightweight materials such as aluminum at the forefront of transportation design considerations to improve fuel economy. As manufacturers rush to adapt to stricter emissions standards, forecasters project double...

Optimum design of fatigue-critical automotive components made of magnesium alloys

2014/15-2018/19 • $2,117,815 • PI,CO
In response to impending environmental regulation changes in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emission, the global automotive sector has undergone revolutionary changes in the area of automotive structures through the widespread adoption of lightweight materials in the manufacture of...

Microstructure/property relationships for 6xxx aluminium extrusion alloys

2015/16-2018/19 • $444,000 • PI,CO
The globalization of the automotive sector is resulting in extreme competitive pressures on the Canadian metals sector. As a result, there is increased awareness that Canadian based companies such as Ford and Rio Tinto Aluminium that they must focus on high value added products which reduce the...

Knowledge based processing of novel clad/laminate metallic systems

2013/14-2017/18 • $145,000 • PI
One of the most significant global challenges Canada faces in the 21st century is continuing to maintain a strong economic position in the highly competitive primary metals extraction and processing sector. In order for Canada to continue to play a global leadership role in this sector, it is...

Mathematical modeling of the aluminum extrusion process to support the development of a virtual optimization software package

2017/18 • $25,000 • PI
Over the last couple of years, Castool (a tool designer and manufacturer for the extrusion industry) havedeveloped a software tool called VOS (Visual Optimization Software). The original purpose for this softwarewas to assist extrusion plants in optimizing the productivity of their extruders...

Sustainable lightweighting technologies: High strength high crush efficiency extruded aluminum front rails for lightweight bodies

2012/13-2016/17 • $2,566,380 • PI,CO
This project will address the design and optimization, material selection and texture development, and manufacturing ofa one-piece extruded front rail intended for mass production within mid-size cars, such as the Chevrolet Malibu,Chevrolet Impala and Buick Regal after 2017. Apart from the...

Development of novel Ti-based powder production, consolidation and shaping processes for low cost Ti automotive parts manufacturing

2011/12-2016/17 • $2,211,530 • PI,CO
Titanium (Ti) and its alloys represent superior light metal alternatives in the pursuit of automobile weight reductionand increased performance. However, to date Ti's use in the automotive industry has been restricted to luxury vehiclesdue to the high costs of Ti production and mill product...

Warm forming of aluminum alloy brazing sheet

2013/14-2016/17 • $1,494,174 • PI,CO
The proposed research will focus on the development, assessment and commercialization of manufacturing methods tofabricate next generation light weight thermal management systems by Dana Canada. The current research teamrecently completed a significant Collaborative R&D project entitled "Warm...

High Manganese Steel Production Fundamentals

2014/15-2016/17 • $565,903 • PI,CO
Steel producers must as never before supply car and light truck makers with better high strength steels. Recent regulations impose demanding vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and passenger safety goals. New classes of advanced high strength steels (AHSS) under development promise to help...

Elevated temperature forming of high strength aluminum automotive structural components

2014/15-2016/17 • $517,500 • PI,CO
The proposed research will address barriers to the utilization of high strength 6000- and 7000-series aluminum sheet alloys within light weight automotive structural components. These alloys offer tremendous weight reduction potential due to their high specific strength compared to conventional...

Microstructure modeling for processing of 6xxx extrusion alloys

2012/13-2016/17 • $517,000 • PI,CO
The globalization of the metals industry is resulting in extreme competitive pressures on the Canadian metals sector. As a result, there is increased awareness by Canadian companies such as Rio Tinto Alcan that they must focus on high valued added products. The current proposal is a...

Reheating Furnace Analysis and Optimization for Hot Stamping Automotive Parts

2013/14-2016/17 • $211,585 • PI,CO
Hot stamping is an increasingly important part of Canada's automotive manufacturing capacity. In this procedure, highboron steel sheets, called "blanks", are heated to approximately 950C and held at that temperature for up to 5 minutes toform austenite. The blanks are usually dip-coated with an...

NSERC Awards for Science Promotion (Organization)

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
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Use of thermo-fluids modelling to understand copper recovery from slow cooled slags

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
In the traditional copper smelting process, solid copper concentrate (e.g. chalcopyrite, CuFeS2) is oxidized toform three products: a sulphidic matte, a ferrosilicate slag, and gaseous SO2.Typical composition for the matte is 61.8% Cu, 23.1%S and 14.6% Fe. The oxidic slag usually containsbetween...

Thermal analysis of aluminum alloy furnace brazing

2013/14-2015/16 • $171,354 • PI,CO
The overall objectives of this research project are to gain improvements in the understanding, performance and costs of materials and manufacturing processes used to assemble heat exchanger products for automotive applications. These systems are manufactured through furnace brazing of light...

Tailored hot stamping and crash response of boron steels

2011/12-2014/15 • $655,886 • PI,CO
This project will address the fabrication and crash response of ultra-high strength automotive components with tailored properties fabricated through hot stamping of boron steels. Hot stamped steels are fabricated by rapidly forming steels in the austenitic (red hot) condition within cooled dies...

Integrated research program for through-process modeling of Al alloys

2010/11-2013/14 • $192,000 • PI,CO
The proposed research program will elucidate and link the fundamental metallurgical processes such as solidification, intermetallic particle formation, work hardening and recrystallization inherent to microstructure development in aluminum alloy sheet production through the entire industrial...

Microstructure engineering of aluminium extrusion alloys

2012/13 • $98,500 • PI,CO
The globalization of the metals industry is resulting in extreme competitive pressures on the Canadian metals sector. As a result, there is increased awareness by Canadian companies such as Alcan that they must focus on high valued added products. The current proposal is a collaboration between...

Intelligent processing of advanced aluminium sheet for automotive applications

2010/11-2012/13 • $77,970 • PI
One of the most significant global challenges of the 21st century is fostering economic growth while meeting societal and environmental objectives. This is particularly true in Canada that has developed a highly energy-intensive economy based on natural resource extraction and processing....

Mechanical property indentation tester

2012/13 • $59,597 • PI,CO
The requested indentation system will provide a unique testing platform that will be the only system to directly measure the measurement of hardness, stiffness, and wear performance of advanced materials, and allow these properties of to be spatially mapped across a component. The new...

Simulation of Bimetal Casting/Fusion TM Process

2011/12 • $80,000 • PI,CO
For the past 70 years, Direct Chill (DC) casting has been the mainstay of the aluminum industry for the production of monolithic sheet products. In 2006, Novelis unveiled an innovative change that has the possibility of revolutionizing the DC casting process such that it allows the production of...

Crash properties of ultra high strength hot formed boron steels

2010/11 • $95,000 • PI,CO
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Laminated Aluminum Sheet Produced via Novelis Fusion Technology

2010/11 • $44,370 • PI,CO
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