DOE takes a shine to 11 aluminum technology ideas
September 01, 1996
RICHLAND, Wash. –
The Department of Energy staff was looking for the best and the brightest developers of novel solutions to the aluminum industry's current technology barriers. They found them in the 1996 winners of their Innovative Concepts Program. Eleven developers (see list below) have received an award of $22,000 each for their technology ideas related to the aluminum industry. The recipients also will be given technical and marketing assistance to move their concepts closer to the marketplace.
The developers responded to a request for proposals specifically targeted to solutions for the aluminum industry, one of the most energy intensive industries. DOE's evaluations were based upon technical merit, novelty, commercial potential, work plan, appropriateness of the proposer's experience and the cost proposal.
The concepts will be presented at the annual meeting and exhibition of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. It will be held Feb. 9-13, 1997, in Orlando, Fla. At this meeting, program representatives will try to match the technology concepts with investors and program managers who express interest in commercializing the ideas. During concurrent sessions, technical presentations will be made describing the concepts. Interested parties also will have a chance to talk one-on-one with the developers at a trade booth (#130) where the concepts will be showcased.
For more information about the winning aluminum concepts, the TMS meeting or the Innovative Concepts Program, contact Robin Conger, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P. O. Box 999, K8-11, Richland, Wash. 99352, (509) 372-4328.
Aluminum Industry 1996 Winners, Innovative Concepts Program
- Technology Advancements in Resistance Welding of Aluminum for Automotive Applications, Chon L. Tsai, Ohio State University, Ohio
- Joining Aluminum Materials Using Ultrasonic Impactors, Glenn Freitas, Aztex Inc., Massachusetts
- Thermal Spraying of Aluminum as an Adhesive Bond Pretreatment, Guy Davis, DACCO SCI Inc., Maryland
- Utilization of Recycled and Unrecoverable Aluminum Scraps in Manufacturing Cellular Concrete, Jiann-Yang (Jim) Hwang, Michigan Technological University, Michigan
- Solid-State Spray Forming of Aluminum Near-Net Shapes, Ralph Tapphorn and Howard Gabel, Innovative Technology Inc., New Mexico
- Closed-loop Nitrogen-chlorine Degassing/fluxing of Liquid Aluminum Alloys, L. S. Fan, Robert A. Rapp, Ohio State University, Ohio
- Degassing Liquid Aluminum Alloys by Argon in Closed Circuit, Robert A. Rapp, L. S. Fan, Ohio State University, Ohio
- Energy and Other Cost Savings Through Novel, Static Degassing in Recycled Aluminum Production, David A. Larsen, Blasch Precision Ceramics Inc., New York
- Evaluation of a New Material for Hall-Heroult Cell Cathodes, Thomas J. Mroz, Advanced Refractory Technologies Inc., New York
- Disposal of Hall-Heroult Cell Pot-Lining, J.R. Divine, ChemMet Ltd., Washington
- An Alumina Concentration Sensor, James Oxley, Oxley Research Inc., Connecticut