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Experiments Spur Nano Metals and Alloys Progress

Posted July 14, 2007 10:00 AM by Steve Melito

A research program spearheaded by Sandia National Laboratory is using a 'radical' system of experiments to study the science of creating metal and alloy Nanoparticles. This 'new approach' to producing super alloys by Nanoparticle synthesis uses radiation, rather than chemistry or melting, to break down the molecular structure of materials (radiolysis) to form Nanoparticles for individual recomposition into alloys that cannot be created otherwise, according to Tina Nenoff, project director. The research seeks to develop exceptionally strong, lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and temperature resistant materials for defense (weapons casings), aerospace (gas turbine engines, satellites, and aircraft), and the power industry (power plants). Their current goal is to simulate the structure of the Nanocrystal initiation.

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