By altering the way compounds are typically structured in an alloy of steel, researchers at the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT) at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea have created a new material that has the strength of steel and the lightness of titanium alloy. Made from an amalgam of steel, aluminum, carbon, manganese, and nickel, the new alloy promises to be low-cost and readily available due to its mix of common minerals.
The research has been carried out for the past four years with the support of the South Korean steelmaker POSCO. As a result of this research, sturdier, lightweight and more ductile steel compounds may be developed, promising to alleviate the age old problem of brittle intermetallic compound alloys.
This new metal has a strength-to-weight ratio that matches even best titanium alloys, but at one tenth the cost, and can be created on a small scale with machinery already used to make automotive-grade steel.
Отредактировано VasYa (10.04.2015 16:58:09)