Novel Age-Hardenable Magnesium Alloy

TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITY

Florida International University (FIU) is seeking a business partner to develop and commercialize a family of Magnesium (Mg) alloys that have improved mechanical strength and are excellent candidates for elevated temperature applications higher than 170 °C. Current benchmark magnesium alloys, such as the Mg-Al family, are thermally unstable at temperatures over 125 °C. The currently available alternative for elevated temperature applications is Mg-AE42, which can be used for temperatures up to 170 °C, above which there is an abrupt degradation of creep resistance. The price range for Mg-AE42 is extremely high. This invention uses an Mg-Sn alloy system, which can be used for elevated temperature applications higher than the currently available Mg-AE42 without compromising the mechanical strength at an affordable price. The novel alloy family can be made from available natural resources within the United States while offering improved mechanical properties and corrosion and creep resistance at half the cost of commercially available alloys.

APPLICATIONS

Automotive industry for weight reduction to reduce emissions.

Biomedical implants,

Alternative for metals and polymers where enhanced mechanical properties are advantageous.

ADVANTAGES
  • Better fuel economy with usage in car engine parts, reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and environmental damage from vehicles.
  • Withstand temperatures higher than commercially used alloys.
  • Half the price of the raw materials per unit of the cheapest commercially available counterparts.
  • Weight reduction in car engine parts will result in saving billions of dollars in the US.
CONTACT

For additional information about this technology opportunity, please contact Shantanu Balkundi at shantanu.balkundi@fiu.edu or by phone at 305-348-0008 and ask about record IP 1526.