NASA Spinoff Database: Amorphous Alloy Surpasses Steel and Titanium

NASA Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Release Year: 2004
Reference Number: MSFC-SO-184
Category: Consumer/Home/Recreation
Origin: NASA Metallic Alloy Research

With the elasticity of plastics and the strength twice that of titanium, LiquidmetalR alloys are poised to redefine materials science in the 21st century. Liquidmetal is the result of a project funded by the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), NASA, and the U.S. Department of Energy to study the fundamentals of metallic alloys in an undercooled liquid state for the development of new aerospace materials. Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc., is the owner of the intellectual property rights for Liquidmetal, holding more than 40 worldwide patents and trademarks on the composition, manufacturing process, and usage of the technology. The company began manufacturing Liquidmetal plates for golf equipment in 1996, and has since catapulted its business to a new level with many other applications built from Liquidmetal technology. Scientists at Liquidmetal Technologies discovered that the inclusion of Liquidmetal alloys into a wide range of military products could significantly enhance the performance and safety levels of these items. The initial military product identified was the Kinetic Energy Penetrator, the most effective armor-piercing ammunition used by the military. In medicine, Liquidmetal Technologies is working with a division of Johnson & Johnson to develop orthopedic implant products, as well as scalpel blades that are stronger and sharper than steel.

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Page Number in Published book: 51-54
Manufacturer: Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc.

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