Center for Lightweighting Automotive Materials and Processing

Mission Statement

The Center for Lightweighting Automotive Materials and Processing (CLAMP) was established in 1998 with the mission of creating a university/industry/government collaborative education/ research/information center on lightweight automotive materials and processing. The initial grant to establish the Center came from the US Department of Energy's Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) program.

To accomplish its mission, the Center has formulated the following objectives:

  1. Provide graduate education on materials and processes that are or will be used in the future for producing lightweight automobiles
  2. Conduct research to advance the design, materials technology and manufacturing processes for producing lightweight automobiles
  3. Work collaboratively with industry on research, materials testing and life-long education.

The Center supports curriculum development, laboratory development, research projects, seminars, conferences and colloquia. The Center also supports a web based lightweight automotive materials database that can be used for material selection and design. The database provides information on properties and processing characteristics of materials specific to automotive applications.

Available Programs

A Leading University Research Center

The Center for Lightweighting Automotive Materials and Processing (CLAMP) a university education and research center dedicated to exploring the design potential, applications and processing of advanced materials for lightweight automobiles. CLAMP was created in 1998 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) program. Recognizing the gains in fuel economy and emission levels achieved through lighter cars, the GATE program encourages research into automotive design and manufacturing methods that reduce vehicle mass. Nine universities were awarded the prestigious grants in five advanced automotive technology areas. UM-Dearborn was the only university that received a grant in the lightweight materials field in 1998. Additional funding came from the Department of Energy in 2005 to upgrade and expand CLAMP's education and research objectives.