Keyword: Alloys

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include manufacturing structural components for aerospace vehicles, cars, trucks, trains, ships, and submarines.
Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Superalloys that withstand extremely high temperatures could be finely tuned for specific properties such as mechanical strength.
Briefs: Materials
The new metal lattice material can be used to create models that regain shape after being crushed.
Application Briefs: Transportation
The SuperElastic Tire — a NASA Glenn innovation — can be used on both Earth and Mars.
Briefs: Materials
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The alloy has applications in jet turbine disks and other high-stress and/or high-temperature environments.
Briefs: Automotive
This can be used in energy-recovery systems in industrial, space, automotive, and military applications.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In the operating room, you can produce bioresorbable metal implants, such as screws for bone fractures.
Briefs: Materials
Heat predictably and precisely changes the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal.
Briefs: Aerospace
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
Briefs: Materials
Titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could create high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This hands-on, educational tool highlights the properties of SMA wire.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This invention is a highly stable, heat-treatable, and tunable material.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Undercooled metal technology was developed that features liquid metal (in this case, Field's metal, an alloy of bismuth, indium, and tin) trapped below its melting point in polished,...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

An advanced manufacturing process was developed to produce nano-structured rods and tubes directly from high-performance aluminum alloy powder in a single step. Using a Solid Phase Processing...

Articles: Lighting
Semi-Liquid Metal Anode for Next-Generation Batteries

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a semi-liquid lithium metal-based anode. Lithium batteries made using this new...

Briefs: Energy
Low-Cost Thermoelectric Material Works at Room Temperature

The widespread adoption of thermoelectric devices that can directly convert electricity into thermal energy for cooling and heating has been hindered, in part, by the lack of materials that are both inexpensive and highly efficient at room temperature. A new material was developed that...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Nitinol-Actuated, Normally Open Valve Assembly (NOVA)

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has developed the NOVA zero-leak, permanent isolation valve that helps prevent leaks in space propulsion systems with operating pressures less than or equal to 500 psia. The actuator is made from nitinol, a heat-activated, non-explosive, shape memory alloy and...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Innovators at NASA's Glenn Research Center have developed a new method for making small-diameter, high-grade ball bearings that are less than 0.25” in diameter thanks to the development of a new alloy...

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs

From cellphones to satellites, industry spends millions on traditional gold alloy electrical contact coatings. While gold and other metal alloys have been an industry standard to protect metal components...

NASA Spinoff: Materials

Spinoff is NASA's annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and services in...

Briefs: Energy

A stainless steel alloy — alloy 709 — has potential for elevated-temperature applications such as nuclear reactor structures. It is exceptionally strong and resistant to damage when exposed to...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Briefs: Materials
New Material Composition Withstands Extreme Impact and Temperature

A super-strong alloy of copper and tantalum was created that can withstand extreme impact and temperature, providing high strength and good electrical conductivity. The alloy is a model system with structure that can be passed on to other alternative material systems. Materials...

Briefs: Aerospace

NASA's Glenn Research Center developed a novel means of articulating the outboard portion of an aircraft wing to create the optimal geometry for given flight conditions. The Spanwise Adaptive Wing (SAW) concept employs...