The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting applications for $50 million in research funding for new research projects that will develop advanced technologies to improve vehicle performance and increase fuel economy. Among then 11 areas of interest (AOIs), only one relates to plastics: Breakthrough Techniques for Dissimilar Material Joining.
This area of interest is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Army. The objective of this AOI is to establish new techniques for producing dissimilar material joints in vehicle structures. Joining dissimilar materials is a critical technical barrier to weight reduction of both civilian and military vehicles, however breakthrough ideas for methods to produce these joints are lacking. This AOI seeks to support early-stage development and demonstration of completely new techniques. Applicants need to propose a joining method that is significantly different from the conventional implementations of techniques such as ultrasonic welding, laser welding, and plasma welding in order to secure funding