DoD Renews LIFT Lightweight Manufacturing R&D Program


The U.S. Department of Defense has renewed funding for Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), a public-private partnership dedicated to advancing new lightweight materials manufacturing technologies.

LIFT is operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), and seeks also to prepare current and future workers for new manufacturing methods. It is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA, and is funded in part by the Department of Defense, with management through the Office of Naval Research. Materials science researchers at Case Western Reserve University have been working with LIFT to advance new materials for manufacturing since the partnership was established.

John Lewandowski, the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, led Case Western Reserve’s efforts on a recently completed LIFT project that sought to develop a localized physics-based visco-plastic finite element model to predict mechanical deformation response, damage evolution mechanisms and fatigue properties of forged Al-Li alloys.

Read more about the work, which was recently featured in Forging Magazine.