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Now even stronger. American scientists have made a breakthrough in the creation of aluminum alloys

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul11,2024

Now even stronger. American scientists have made a breakthrough in creating aluminum alloys

Materials engineers at Purdue University have developed an innovative process for creating ultra-high-strength aluminum alloys.

The team led by Haiyan Wang and Xinghan Zhang, introduced the transition metals cobalt, iron, nickel, and titanium into aluminum with the help of nanoscale, layered, deformed intermetallics. This made it possible to create aluminum alloys with unique properties: high strength and plastic deformability.

"Our work shows that the correct implementation of heterogeneous microstructures and nanoscale intermetallics of medium entropy offers an alternative solution for the design of ultra-strong, deformable aluminum alloys with the help of additive manufacturing», — Zhang noted. These alloys are superior to traditional ones, which are either ultra-strong or highly deformable, but not both at the same time.

The developed aluminum alloys can be used in the aerospace and automotive industries. Traditionally, high-strength aluminum alloys have not been used in additive manufacturing due to their tendency to form hot cracks. However, the method proposed by the Purdue University team overcomes this drawback, providing alloys with a strength of more than 900 megapascals.

The process of creating these alloys involves the formation of transition metals in a colony of nanoscale intermetallic plates, united in small sockets that suppresses the fragility of intermetallic compounds. Wang noted that additive manufacturing using a laser provides rapid melting and hardening by introducing nano-sized intermetallics and their nanolaminates.

Tests have shown that the new alloys exhibit significant reverse stress and high strength. These results open new opportunities for the use of aluminum alloys in additive manufacturing, making them more suitable for various industrial applications.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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