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NanoSteel AHSS cuts weight, study shows

Keywords: Tags  NanoSteel, EDAG, body in white, advanced high-strength steel, AHSS, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — 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 savings.

Providence, Rhode Island-based NanoSteel’s 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.

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