THE AMERICAN IRON and Steel Institute (AISI) has initiated a study with auto industry forgers to examine methods to use steel for low-cost, lightweight engine crankshafts and connecting rods. The AISI is developing a database for machinability and fatigue standards to help in the study of which engine component designs might be optimized for steel. Suggestions will be given to the Society of Automotive Engineers. The AISI also has an Automotive/Heavy Equipment Task Force that will explore ...

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