There is a new kind of metal alloy recently conjured by researchers over at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It is a new magnesium-based metal that has undergone some nanoparticles tweaking turning it into possibly the strongest alloy metal to date. The alloy promises much application in various industries like aeronautics, space, biomedical and the automotive industries.
The UCLA researchers published their finding in the Nature.com. The new light-weight metal alloy is set to disrupt many industries due to its low-cost commercial viability and high strength. Currently, only titanium and aluminum provides the best strength-to-weight ratio of all commercially viable metal alloys. The UCLA infused silicon carbide nanoparticles with magnesium and came up with a far stronger, lighter and superior metal alloy yet.
In a nutshell, the UCLA researchers infused silicon carbide nanoparticles into a magnesium-zinc alloy making a new metal that is very strong and still quite light in weight. Silicon carbide is the hard ceramic material that is used in cutting blades. This metal does not change its properties even when heated to high temperatures; something that makes it …read more