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National lab reshapes recycled aluminum

New breakthrough saves material, energy, environmental costs Metal Tech News – April 26, 2023


Last updated 5/9/2023 at 12:45pm

Aluminum microstructure with multicolored grains looks like stained glass.

Cortland Johnson; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

This beautiful image reminiscent of stained glass is actually the microstructure within an aluminum trapezoid that has been highly refined with the latest ShAPE process. The uniform grain size is key to achieving a strong and reliable product.

In a renewable technology breakthrough, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in collaboration with leading mobility technology company Magna, has unveiled a process that reshapes aluminum from automotive scrap and trimmings into material for new vehicle parts.

This new manufacturing process, dubbed Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion (ShAPE), reportedly reduces...

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