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Researchers strengthen weakest link in manufacturing strong materials
Industrial and automotive machinery, such as automotive engine parts, contain materials that are, heat-, wear-, and corrosion-resistant. They are known as 'super engineering plastics,' and they continue to revolutionize manufacturing processes. While they are actually plastic, they are much stronger than the typical plastics we encounter in everyday life. These materials, however, create a corrosive environment during manufacturing. (2019-11-12)

Metal foam has a good memory
A new class of materials known as (2007-12-20)

A new aluminium alloy to improve aircraft brakes
A new aluminium alloy eases manufacturers' fears of failure by handling the heat better. (2003-06-10)

Controlled corrosion
The corrosion of technically relevant alloys, like stainless steel, causes damage that amounts to about 3 percent of the global gross national product. Although this every-day phenomenon has such broad consequences, its fundamental microscopic processes are still largely not understood -- most of all how corrosion begins and develops at an atomic level. (2006-02-10)

New magnetic-field-sensitive alloy could find use in novel micromechanical devices
A multi-institution team of researchers has combined modern materials research and an age-old metallurgy technique to produce an alloy that could be the basis for a new class of sensors and micromechanical devices controlled by magnetism. (2011-11-23)

Aluminium alloy research could benefit manned space missions
Manned space missions in spacecraft made of aluminium that is light yet resistant to radiation could be a step nearer following research involving a world-leading facility at the University of Huddersfield. (2020-12-07)

ORNL's alumina-forming austenitic alloy licensed to Carpenter Technology Corp.
Metal alloy manufacturer Carpenter Technology Corp. has licensed an alumina-forming austenitic stainless steel alloy developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (2011-04-07)

New metal alloy could yield green cooling technologies
A promising metal alloy system could lead to commercially viable magnetic refrigerants and environmentally friendly cooling technologies, according to a scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology. (2015-10-30)

Brookhaven Lab researchers develop a new method for producing electrodes
Using nanoscale materials, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a method to make electrodes that are suitable for use in rechargeable lithium ion batteries and other electronic devices. Because so many new and different materials can be made with this versatile method, it should be capable of producing electrodes that are more efficient and durable than those in use today. (2002-04-29)

For refrigeration problems, a magnetically attractive solution
An exotic metal alloy discovered by an international collaboration working at NIST's Center for Neutron Research may be the key to a new quieter, more economical class of home and commercial refrigeration systems based on magnetics rather than conventional gas compression and expansion. (2009-02-11)

New aluminum-rich alloy produces hydrogen on-demand for large-scale uses
Purdue University engineers have developed a new aluminum-rich alloy that produces hydrogen by splitting water and is economically competitive with conventional fuels for transportation and power generation. (2008-02-19)

Metal composition hold key to identity of modern sculptures
How do you tell when, where and how a Picasso or a Matisse sculpture was cast? Could bronze sculptures have their very own DNA? (2009-07-30)

Platinum-rich shell, platinum-poor core
At the University of Houston, Texas, USA, a team led by Peter Strasser has developed a new class of electrocatalyst that could help to improve the capacity of fuel cells. The active phase of the catalyst consists of nanoparticles with a platinum-rich shell and a core made of an alloy of copper, cobalt, and platinum. (2007-10-23)

Scientists from NUST MISIS manage to improve metallic glasses
Researchers at National University of Science and Technology MISIS (NUST MISIS) have managed to develop a unique method to process bulk metallic glasses. According to the authors of the study, they have managed to find processing conditions that significantly improve the quality of this promising material. The research results were published in Journal of Alloys and Compounds. (2020-10-23)

Controlling the properties of matter in two-dimensional crystals
By creating atomic chains in a two-dimensional crystal, researchers at Penn State believe they have found a way to control the direction of materials properties in two and three dimensional crystals with implications in sensing, optoelectronics and next-generation electronics applications. (2016-11-03)

Ultrasound can make stronger 3D-printed alloys
A study just published in Nature Communications shows high frequency sound waves can have a significant impact on the inner micro-structure of 3D printed alloys, making them more consistent and stronger than those printed conventionally. (2020-01-09)

Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon
Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material. (2014-04-10)

New alloy verified for safer disposal of spent nuclear energy fuel
Researchers at Lehigh University and the Sandia and Idaho national laboratories have received a patent for the new material, which shows far greater ability than any other material to absorb the deadly radioactive neutrons emitted by nuclear waste. At stake: 50,000 tons of spent nuclear energy fuel, now contained at 125 sites in 39 states, which Congress wants to store permanently inside Nevada's Yucca Mountain. (2005-04-04)

Half diamond, half cubic boron, all cutting business
Researchers combine diamond and cubic boron nitride with a novel alloying process for a super hard material. (2015-09-08)

A nanoscale look at why a new alloy is amazingly tough
A team of researchers led by scientists from the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has identified several mechanisms that make a new, cold-loving material one of the toughest metallic alloys ever. (2016-01-07)

Researchers identify a metal that withstands ultra-high temperature and pressure
Japanese scientists have identified a metal able to stand up to constant forces in ultrahigh temperature, offering promising applications including in aircraft jet engines and gas turbines for electric power generation. (2018-09-27)

Shape memory materials ready for mass production
Materials that can remember their shape and switch from one form to another may sound like science fiction, they are actually real and already in use all around us. But the alloy used to produce shape memory materials, based on nickel and titanium is expensive. Some researchers have started looking for cheaper options. (2011-09-23)

Researchers studying adhesive bonding for future airplanes
The high speed aircraft of the future will be made of advanced materials such as titanium, adhesively bonded to form efficient lightweight structures. Before such craft go into general production, however, (1999-08-24)

Scientists discover formula for long-life rechargeable batteries
If you're tired of cell phones and laptops that quickly lose their charge -- or worse, their ability to be recharged -- help may be on the way from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. There, scientists have developed a new metal alloy that could greatly improve the performance of rechargeable batteries for portable electronic devices and electric and hybrid electric cars. The Brookhaven team was recently awarded U.S. Patent No. 6,238,823 for its work on the alloy. (2001-07-26)

Electron spin brings order to high entropy alloys
Researchers have discovered that electron spin brings a previously unknown degree of order to the high entropy alloy nickel iron chromium cobalt -- and may play a role in giving the alloy its desirable properties. (2015-04-22)

New aluminum alloy stores hydrogen
We use aluminum to make planes lightweight, store sodas in recyclable containers, keep the walls of our homes energy efficient and ensure that the Thanksgiving turkey is cooked to perfection. Now, thanks to a group of Japanese researchers, there may soon be a new application for the versatile metal: hydrogen storage for fuel cells. (2013-11-05)

Key ingredient: Change in material boosts prospects of ultrafast single-photon detector
By swapping one superconducting material for another, NIST have found a practical way to boost the efficiency of the world's fastest single-photon detector, while also extending light sensitivity to longer wavelengths. (2011-06-30)

New technique allows real-time microscopy at high heat and loading
Researchers have demonstrated a technique that allows them to track microscopic changes in metals or other materials in real time even when the materials are exposed to extreme heat and loads for an extended period of time -- a phenomenon known as 'creep.' The technique will expedite efforts to develop and characterize materials for use in extreme environments, such as nuclear reactors. (2019-07-08)

Metallurgy breakthrough
HRL Laboratories, LLC, has made a breakthrough in metallurgy with the announcement that researchers at the famous facility have developed a technique for successfully 3-D printing high-strength aluminum alloys that opens the door to additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant alloys. (2017-09-20)

Ames Laboratory scientists create cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines
Cerium is a widely available and inexpensive rare-earth metal. US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory scientists have used it to create a high-performance magnet that's similar in performance to traditional dysprosium-containing magnets and could make wind turbines less expensive to manufacture. (2015-04-24)

Substantial undercooling brings about microstructural change for ternary eutectic alloy
The Department of Applied Physics, Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China-Research, has shown that the substantial undercooling of liquid state brings about novel microstructural transition for Al-Cu-Si ternary eutectic alloy. The study is reported in Issue 54 of Chinese Science Bulletin because of its significant research value. (2009-03-09)

Substantial undercooling brings about microstructural change for ternary eutectic alloy
Research, has shown that the substantial undercooling of liquid state brings about novel microstructural transition for Al-Cu-Si ternary eutectic alloy. The study is reported in Issue 54 of Chinese Science Bulletin because of its significant research value. (2009-02-09)

MIT thinks small to find safer metals
MIT researchers have devised a new method for shrinking the size of crystals to make safer metal alloys. The new materials could replace metal coatings such as chromium, which is dangerous for factory workers to produce. (2006-02-21)

New process could cause titanium price to tumble
Whether for stopping cars or bullets, titanium is the material of choice, but it has always been too expensive for all but the most specialized applications. (2008-05-20)

New nanostructured alloy for anode is a big step toward revolutionizing energy storage
Researchers have developed a battery anode based on a new nanostructured alloy that could revolutionize the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured. (2021-01-11)

Portable tech might provide drinking water, power to villages
Researchers have developed an aluminum alloy that could be used in a new type of mobile technology to convert non-potable water into drinking water while also extracting hydrogen to generate electricity. (2011-05-03)

'Cutting'-edge technology to better shape submarine propellers
A military submarine using a propeller with a rough surface is literally (2002-05-13)

Novel alloy could produce hydrogen fuel from sunlight
Using state-of-the-art theoretical computations, a team of scientists from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville has determined that an alloy formed by a 2 percent substitution of antimony in gallium nitride has the right electrical properties to enable solar light energy to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The alloy functions as a catalyst in the photoelectrochemical electrolysis of water. (2011-08-30)

University of Minnesota engineering researchers discover source for generating 'green' electricity
University of Minnesota engineering researchers in the College of Science and Engineering have recently discovered a new alloy material that converts heat directly into electricity. (2011-06-22)

Improving earthquake resistance with a single crystal
A new heating method for certain metals could lead to improved earthquake-resistant construction materials. (2017-08-30)

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