The Lightweight Automotive Materials Program, or LAMP, is a partnership between NCMS and a host of technology innovators across the country. Funded in part by the US Department of Energy, LAMP is a suite of R&D programs that will drive innovation in advanced lightweight materials development for the automotive industry. New or improved lightweight materials such as composites or titanium alloys have great potential to drastically improve vehicle fuel economy without sacrificing automotive safety.
The LAMP objective is to establish the successful development and validation of cost-effective, high-strength materials technologies that could significantly reduce vehicle weight without compromising cost, performance, safety, or recyclability. The target is to have the automotive industry adopt technology, inserting lightweight materials into production vehicles. The program shall focus on improved manufacturability, lowered costs for the deployment of new lightweight materials, and introducing sustainability considerations into the design process.
NCMS was awarded management of this program by the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and by the National Energy Technology Laboratory due to its expertise in collaborative R&D program management and industry capability.
Several R&D projects are currently operating under LAMP. All are digital manufacturing initiatives, making use of tools such as high performance computing’s Modeling & Simulation (M&S) capability to support the selection and optimization of lightweight materials for their products during the product design phase. The tools developed in this NCMS program will allow companies of all sizes to access and apply cutting edge digital manufacturing techniques in an affordable, revolutionary way.