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Directory:Liquid Metals

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Liquid Metal alloys combine a number of desirable material features, including high tensile strength, excellent corrosion resistance, very high coefficient of restitution and excellent anti-wearing characteristics, while also being able to be heat-formed in processes similar to thermoplastics.


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Liquid Metal retains a scratch-free surface longer than competing materials, while still being made in complex shapes. The same qualities lend it to be used as protective coatings for industrial machinery, including oil drill pipes and power plant boiler tubes.

In the 21st Century, scientists at Caltech and Liquidmetal® Technologies developed a technology where metals behave similar to plastics. This new class of alloys is called Liquidmetal, due to its amorphous or liquid atomic structure. Rather than changing the atomic structure from a liquid state to a crystalline state, Liquidmetal® alloys gradually increase their viscosity as the temperature decreases. All other metals are either in a solid or liquid state depending on the temperature.

The Bessemer Process and plastics technology dramatically improved the cost paradigm of their day, but only Liquidmetal alloys redefine the cost and strength paradigm simultaneously.


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Liquidmetal® Technologies - A publicly traded company (OTC:LQMT), is a leading force in the research, development and commercialization of amorphous metals. Our revolutionary class of patented alloys and coatings form the basis of high performance material utilized in a range of military, consumer and industrial products manufactured by Liquidmetal Technologies.Although only introduced for commercial applications in 2003, Liquidmetal is already finding a number of uses as varied as golf clubs to the covers of cell phones.

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A Cool Trick for Solar Cells - IBM researchers have shown that it is possible to increase the concentration of light on photovoltaic cells by about ten times without causing them to melt by using an ultrathin layer of liquid metal, a compound of gallium and indium, between two surfaces. (MIT Technology Review May 16, 2008)

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How to Make Super-Strong, Super-Flexible Metals - Researchers at Caltech are pioneering new ways to make superstrong metals that are twice as tough as titanium, and twice as elastic. These "metallic glass" composites are so strong a 3mm rod can support a 2-ton truck and they bend instead of snapping like most other metals of their kind, which are called "glass metals." (Wired May 12, 2008)


Liquidmetal® - Liquidmetal alloys represent the first enabling materials technology since the creation of thermoplastics and possess characteristics that make them superior in many ways to other commercially-viable materials. First, they have an "amorphous" atomic structure, which is unprecedented for structural metals. Second, they include a multi-component chemical composition, which can be optimized for various properties and processes. Finally, they lend themselves to process technology similar to that possessed by plastics.


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