A cooperative research effort between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and casting supplier Nemak created a new aluminum alloy that stays strong up to 572°F (300°C). The alloy, known as 16HT or ACMZ, may enable engineers to narrow the bridge areas in the cylinder head. It can also be cast and machined using existing technologies and costs only 7% more than currently available alloys.

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