NanoSteel Co. Inc.s advanced high-strength steel (AHSS)
can allow a 30-percent weight reduction in the body-in-white
structure of a mass-market sedan, according to a study by
German engineering firm EDAG Inc.
EDAG used the same
methodology and architecture of the existing NHTSA Light Weight
Vehicle BIW design, the result of a comprehensive redesign of a
2011 Honda Accord that, in simulation, met North American
performance and safety targets while optimizing for weight
Providence, Rhode Island-based NanoSteels AHSS showed
a 220-pound weight reduction in the BIW design vs. the baseline
2011 Honda Accord and a 60-pound weight reduction from the
NHTSA Light Weight Vehicle design.