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Brendan Davis, principal designer and operator of high pressure mechanical test systems in the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories, prepares a system for testing with hydrogen gas. (Photograph by Dino Vournas/Sandia)
Materials for hydrogen service advanced by new multilab consortium

July 25, 2019

Sandia, PNNL lead group studying metals and polymers in hydrogen environments. Researchers at Sandia and Pacific Northwest national…
Discovering Stronger Steel for Less Dam-age

June 24, 2019

Evaluation finds erosion resistance is threefold compared to unprocessed steel. A study that evaluated the use of a…
A New Manufacturing Process for Aluminum Alloys

June 19, 2019

Process eliminates multiple steps typical in conventional extrusion. An advanced manufacturing process to produce nanostructured rods and tubes…
The spin doctors: Researchers discover surprising quantum effect in hard disk drive material

April 26, 2019

Scientists find surprising way to affect information storage properties in metal alloy. Sometimes scientific discoveries can be found…
Kevin Field: Developing radiation-tolerant materials for nuclear power systems

March 27, 2019

Kevin Field at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory synthesizes and scrutinizes materials for nuclear power…
Tungsten-Based Alloy Shows Outstanding Radiation Resistance

March 13, 2019

The material is a quaternary nanocrystalline tungsten-tantalum-vanadium-chromium alloy that has been characterized under extreme thermal conditions. Pacific Northwest…
Researchers take first 3D images of microscopic hydrogen-embrittled cracks in metal

September 20, 2018

Microfractures in metal alloys, though impossible to see with the naked eye, can easily spread when exposed to…
Most wear-resistant metal alloy in the world engineered at Sandia National Laboratories

August 18, 2018

If you’re ever unlucky enough to have a car with metal tires, you might consider a set made…
A heavyweight solution for lighter-weight combat vehicles

April 17, 2018

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed and successfully tested a novel process — called Friction Stir…
Custom-designed alloy enhances nuclear safety

April 15, 2018

A team led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a safer…
Modified, 3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, soft robots

March 7, 2018

Researchers in Oregon State University’s College of Engineering have taken a key step toward the rapid manufacture of…
New Research Finds Cause of Alloy Weakness

December 1, 2017

For years, materials scientists have been perplexed by the question of why alloys don’t meet their full potential…
4 elements make 2-D optical platform

September 21, 2017

Rice University scientists have discovered a two-dimensional alloy with an optical bandgap that can be tuned by the temperature used…
‘Magic’ alloy could spur next generation of solar cells

June 16, 2017

In what could be a major step forward for a new generation of solar cells called “concentrator photovoltaics,”…
New Low-Cost Technique Converts Bulk Alloys to Oxide Nanowires

January 20, 2017

A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing…
Discovery could lead to jet engines that run hotter—and cleaner

January 18, 2017

Researchers here have made a discovery in materials science that sounds like something from the old Saturday morning…
Metallic Glass Gears Make for Graceful Robots

November 30, 2016

Throw a baseball, and you might say it’s all in the wrist. For robots, it’s all in the…
First-ever 3D printed excavator project advances large-scale additive manufacturing R&D

October 2, 2016

Heavy construction machinery is the focus of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s latest advance in additive manufacturing research. With…
Paving the way toward novel strong, conductive materials

August 10, 2016

Action figures of the Man of Steel are rarely made out of steel. They are, like seemingly everything…
New alloy promises to boost rare earth production while improving energy efficiency of engines

June 5, 2016

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partners Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Wisconsin-based…
Cheaper platinum alloys for fuel cells

April 6, 2016

Fuel cells are attractive as eco-friendly energy sources, for example for hydrogen-powered vehicles. But due to the large…
Low-cost and Lightweight: Strongest Titanium Alloy

April 3, 2016

Strongest titanium alloy aims at improving vehicle fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions An improved titanium alloy —…
A Nanoscale Look at Why a New Alloy is Amazingly Tough

January 8, 2016

Just in time for the icy grip of winter: A team of researchers led by scientists from the…
Atoms to Engines

November 15, 2015

ORNL, industry partners use high-performance computing to drive alloy design The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory,…
Chemical complexity promises improved structural alloys for next-gen nuclear energy

October 31, 2015

Designing alloys to withstand extreme environments is a fundamental challenge for materials scientists. Energy from radiation can create…
Researchers Create First Entropy-Stabilized Complex Oxide Alloys

October 12, 2015

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Duke University have created the first entropy-stabilized alloy that incorporates oxides…
Futuristic alloys three times stronger than steel yet malleable like chewing gum

September 16, 2015

UNSW researchers have created an ‘instruction manual’ for developing metallic glass – an ultra-tough yet flexible alloy described as the…
Freeze! Watching alloys change from liquid to solid could lead to better metals

March 9, 2015

If you put a camera in the ice machine and watched water turn into ice, the process would…
The fine structure of fine steels

December 3, 2014

Steel is one of the most common structural materials, truly one of the foundations of modern civilization. An…
Alloying tougher tungsten

December 3, 2014

New tungsten alloys being developed in the Schuh Group at MIT could potentially replace depleted uranium in armor-piercing…
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