The aim of the project is to develop materials and processes for cast high- strength lightweight frame components for cars and trucks.

The materials and processes developed will focus on fuel efficiency and cost effectiveness to offer a 60% weight reduction without compromising on performance. The technology is self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS), also known as auto ignition combustion synthesis for the generation of composite materials. The main composites are magnesium based.

NADCA will work in conjunction with Colorado School of Mines, Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University and Oak Ridge National Lab all in the USA.

It said HyperCast technology has potential to protect the environment and create jobs in the die casting industry and automotive market.