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QuesTek to Serve as Research Partner of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute

March 05, 2014

EVANSTON, IL, March 5, 2014 - The White House announced on Tuesday, February 25nd, the establishment of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII). Selected by the U.S. Department of Defense under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) solicitation, and led by the collaboration between the Edison Welding Institute, the University of Michigan, and the Ohio State University, this institute brings together the collaborative partnership of the federal government and a Detroit-based consortium of more than 50 universities, non-profits and companies from around the country, including QuesTek Innovations LLC as a research partner.

Dr. Gregory Olson and Dr. Jason Sebastian display a landing gear component produced from Ferrium® S53® steel.

The ALMMII effort addresses a critical need for affordable and high-performance lightweight metals, as well as advancements in their associated design and manufacturing processes, that will benefit large sectors of the U.S. economy such as metal production, casting and metalworking.

QuesTek’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Gregory B. Olson, will serve as the leader of “Novel Materials”, one of 15 key technology development pillars that bring together experts within the respective field. Dr. Jason Sebastian, QuesTek’s Manager of Technology and Product Development, will serve as one of seven experts in the technology development area of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). QuesTek’s unique role and expertise will contribute to the innovative “ecosystem” that draws together the full spectrum of capabilities and spans the entire value chain of lightweight manufacturing.

QuesTek has been developing new breakthrough alloys since 1997 using ICME methodologies and its Materials by Design® technology. Four QuesTek high performance steels (Ferrium® M54®, Ferrium S53®, Ferrium C61™ and Ferrium C64® steels) were successfully developed and licensed to Carpenter Technology. These Ferrium steels are displacing materials that have been used for decades in demanding applications such as aircraft landing gear, arresting hook shanks and hook points; and helicopter power transmission gears and rotor shafts. The steels also serve oil and gas applications and other industries. In addition, novel alloys based on Al, Ni, Co, Cu, Mo are being designed and developed by QuesTek, based on ICME ensuring successful design and accelerated implementation.

Other members of ALMMII with whom QuesTek will be closely collaborating include Northwestern University, Thermo-Calc, Boeing Company, General Electric and Lockheed Martin.



QuesTek Innovations LLC (www.questek.com) is a global leader in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), serving commercial and governmental clients. QuesTek uses its proprietary Materials by Design technology and expertise to rapidly develop breakthrough alloys, coatings, powders, and other materials that provide improved processing and performance, reduced capital (as well as operating and maintenance costs) and provide competitive advantage. QuesTek has developed new materials that are commercially available, has a large portfolio of materials that are nearing commercialization or are currently under development, and holds more than 100 patents. For more information, please contact QuesTek.

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