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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Are we still creating more alloys?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (14752points) June 2nd, 2018

List of alloys from Wikipedia . Or are we done? What are the more notable alloys?

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Darth_Algar's avatar

Alloys aren’t discovered they’re created. Even if they were discovered we’d never know if we were done or not, as you can never know when you’re going to discover something.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Darth_Algar What is the pace of new creations of alloys then? How many were created this year?

kritiper's avatar

If any different alloys were ever needed, they have been produced. It’s all a matter of intended use, alloy hardness or softness, corrosion resistance, and the metal’s ability to mix with another/other metal/s.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Yes. New, proprietary alloys are being created and studied all the time.
Lockheed just invested $5M in a Canadian company, Equispheres, that is developing advanced powdered metal technologies that will help create metal alloys with superior properties over what we have today.

I love their two tag lines:
“Not all metal powders are created equal. Ours are.”
“A Revolutionary Metal Powder for Revolutionary Applications”

RocketGuy's avatar

Some new sintered powder metal alloys are being created and studied on the ISS right now: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/GEDS_New_Alloy

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’m waiting for Transparent Aluminum ;-)

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