Michigan Patent of the Month – August 2023
In the world of materials science and engineering, constant innovation is crucial to meet the demands of high-performance applications. In the pursuit of innovation, Weld Mold Co. has developed a high-entropy alloy. This novel alloy composition exhibits exceptional resistance to high temperatures and offers remarkable mechanical and chemical durability.
High-entropy alloys (HEAs) are a class of alloys consisting of multiple elements in approximately equal atomic proportions. Unlike traditional alloys, which primarily contain a large amount of one or a few elements, HEAs are characterized by their balanced composition. Weld Mold Co.’s high-entropy alloy is composed of nickel, manganese, cobalt, chromium, vanadium, molybdenum, and iron, each within specific weight tolerances. Additionally, this alloy can also include small amounts of aluminum, titanium, and boron, further enhancing its properties.
The applications of this HEA are vast, particularly in industries where high temperature resistance, mechanical strength, and chemical durability are crucial factors. For instance, in the transportation and energy sectors, where reliability and endurance under extreme conditions are paramount, this alloy can be utilized to create high-performance components. Its low density and impressive strength-to-weight ratio make it ideal for protecting machine surfaces and tools. With its high hardness, wear resistance, and anti-corrosion properties, it can be employed as coatings for food preservation and cookware.
To bring this HEA to practical use, Weld Mold Co. has developed advanced manufacturing techniques. One such technique involves the production of welding products using a cored-wire manufacturing process. The alloyed strip formed around the high-entropy alloy, either in powder or ground/crushed form, enables the fabrication of commercially viable welding products.
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