Skuld wins thin-walled ductile iron grant
Skuld LLC (Columbus, Ohio) received a Small Business Innovative Research grant from the Department of Energy (DOE). The grant will be used to show going to 0.060-in. thick ductile iron can be done without negatively impacting automobile properties.
Skuld’s most recent trials reduced the weight of designs by 70% and material costs by 40%. This is of interest to the DOE due to increasing fuel efficiency standards.
By 2025, the corporate average fuel efficiency standards are supposed to rise to 54.5 mpg, up from 35.
“The average vehicle has 600 pounds of castings,” Skuld co-owner Sarah Jordan said. “Over half the castings are made of iron or steel. To have an affordable solution, the ability to go thinner in iron-based alloys is essential.”