Date: Thursday, January 26
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: 327 John D. Tickle Building
Vehicle regulations target large improvements in fuel economy of new vehicles every year through at least 2025. Existing progress to meet heightened standards are being altered by a variety of factors and not helped by the low price at the pump. Independent of vehicle choice, existing technologies to improve vehicle efficiency have resulted in incremental change that may not prove to be enough to meet future targets. This has intensified the focus on materials to reduce weight in vehicles and to expand the operating range of engines for improved efficiency. Additive manufacturing (AM) – also known as 3d printing – is slowly transitioning from just rapid prototyping to being used in final parts for industries like aerospace where a high cost for performance is acceptable. In the cost constrained environment of automotive manufacturing; however, it proves far more difficult to find economically viable opportunities for enhanced design freedom. Alex will touch on work he is conducting at ORNL to employ AM in the automotive sector with a different perspective: in combination with conventional manufacturing techniques.
Alex Pawlowski is a third year doctoral student in the Bredesen Center at the University of Tennessee, conducting research with the Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center group of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His research lies at the intersection of materials science and mechanical engineering by applying additive manufacturing techniques as a potential enabler in high demand vehicle applications.