How the future of steel is changing
Posted June 05, 2018 05:59:20While steel makers have been busy preparing for a new generation of steel, they’re also pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
As part of a new study, engineers from the University of Rochester have developed a method for making the metal more flexible and resilient.
The new research will be presented this week at the American Society of Materials Engineers annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.
It’s the first time that researchers have been able to produce a material with more than half the capacity of a typical steel, said Mark Bowers, a professor in the department of materials science and engineering at the University at Buffalo who led the study.
That means the material could theoretically be used to replace more expensive steel, like those used in heavy machinery.
“There’s a lot of demand for this type of material,” Bowers said.
“We can use it for something that people are interested in, for something they want to build.”
The researchers have already used the material to make something like a new type of steel used to build a steel-framed skyscraper.
That material, called Z-Tess, is made from the elements copper and zinc, and it has twice the capacity as regular steel, but is stronger than other types of steel.
But Z-Ti is much harder and much tougher than regular steel.
“If you use regular steel to make Z-Steel, you’ve got to put it in a vacuum,” Bower said.
“That means you can’t make it very rigid.
It’s really brittle.
If you take it apart and you just bend it a little bit, you can take it right off the frame and that’s very hard.
So this material has the ability to be extremely flexible.”
The team at the Rochester Institute of Technology, led by Bowers and graduate student Mark Luehrs, worked with a team of graduate students to develop a method of using this material to produce an extremely high-density steel.
The method could have huge benefits for the industry.
For example, steel makers could build more high-performance, high-strength steel.
Bowers called the new material a “super material” that would allow them to make the stuff much more cheaply.
Bowers said it would be difficult to use the material for structural purposes, but it would make the industry more efficient.
The material would be a perfect fit for the next generation of heavy-duty steel, he said.
There are a lot more things you could use the steel for, he added.
For instance, the material would give you a lot higher strength than other materials, such as steel composites.
Bows said the material is also suitable for use in automotive applications, because the strength and toughness of the material are much higher than the strength of steel commonly used for cars.
He added that it could also be used for a lot tougher applications.
The steel-making process is called a steelship, and a steel ship is a type of ship that moves steel from the port to the shipyard.
The process could also potentially be used in the construction industry, Bowers noted.
The materials used in these processes are generally low-cost and relatively easy to produce.
The team is working on ways to make them more durable, making the materials more expensive, and also improving the performance of the process.
The goal is to produce materials that are as strong as traditional steels, Bower added.