Sonobond Ultrasonics Inc. has been awarded a $441,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program. The project, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, is part of a $9-million, three-year research effort to develop ultrasonic metal welding technology suitable for the mass production of aluminum car bodies. With some development work, ultrasonic welding could serve as low-cost, environmentally friendly, lightweight alternative to resistance welding, friction stir welding, or riveting. For more info, go to www.sonobondultrasonics.com
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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