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BYU inventors solve manufacturing problem for U.S. car companies

by | Jul. 17, 2013

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American cars have an obesity problem, but a pair of BYU professors and their collaborators believe they may have found an appropriate vehicle weight-loss program — friction bit joining.

Friction bit joining is a relatively new manufacturing technique that uses friction to permanently bond two overlaid metals. Unlike other forms of joining metals, like welding or riveting, friction bit joining is uniquely capable of bonding dissimilar metals that usually refuse to meld, such as aluminum and high-strength steel.

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