Monday, June 13, 2011

Made In Detroit: A new way to make lighter, stronger steel

Found this to be very interesting. A New Metal that is stronger and faster to make, and Lighter? See the rest at the link below.

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This is really a big deal… And it was invented in Detroit.

A Detroit entrepreneur surprised university engineers here recently, when he invented a heat-treatment that makes steel 7 percent stronger than any steel on record – in less than 10 seconds.

In fact, the steel, now trademarked as Flash Bainite, has tested stronger and more shock-absorbing than the most common titanium alloys used by industry.

The Flash Bainite process is a new way to heat treat steel in 10 seconds rather than in hours (or days) like current processes.

“Steel is what we would call a ‘mature technology.’ We’d like to think we know most everything about it,” he said. “If someone invented a way to strengthen the strongest steels even a few percent, that would be a big deal. But 7 percent? That’s huge.”

Yet, when inventor Gary Cola initially approached him, Babu didn’t know what to think.

“The process that Gary described – it shouldn’t have worked,” he said. “I didn’t believe him. So he took my students and me to Detroit.”



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