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High-strength/high-ductility magnesium sheet alloy for room-temperature forming
TS-048065 — A new magnesium alloy designed using computational thermodynamic and kinetic models, which possesses optimal mechanical and formability performance suitable for industrial applications
Magnesium (Mg), the lightest structural metal, and its alloys, with their high specific strength and low density, are promising lightweight materials for industrial applications in automotive, aerospace, and electronic sectors. A 2019 report by Business Communications Company (BCC) Research highli…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Luo, Aihua (Alan); Shi, Renhai
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Integration of smart materials into surgical tools and medical devices using vaporizing foil actuator technology.
TS-045092 — Shape memory alloys are metals that "remember" their original shape when deformed and can return to their initial shape when heated. These shape memory alloys cannot currently be welded to other alloys, which significantly limits their use. Current state-of-the-art methods of joining sha…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Panton, Boyd; Daehn, Glenn; Vivek, Anupam
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Titanium Alloy Optimization for Additive Manufacturing
TS-036918 — Modifies titanium alloys to reduce or prevent columnar grain structures in additive manufacturing
Titanium alloy components produced by current additive manufacturing (AM) techniques may lead to columnar grains, which introduce undesirable anisotropic material properties to the structure. Additional steps can reduce or eliminate these properties, but the processes are costly and limit direct p…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Welk, Brian; Fraser, Hamish
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

U+RSW - A Break-Through Process for Dissimilar Metal Joining in Automotive Industries
TS-036907 — A welding technique that joins two dissimilar metals.
Resistance spot welding (RSW) is critical to automobile manufacturing, with 3,000 to 5,000 spot welds per vehicle. As consumers seek vehicles with better fuel economy, automobile manufacturers have replaced parts built from heavy metals, such as advanced high-strength steel (AHSS), with lighter al…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Wei; Kimchi, Menachem; Lu, Ying "ying"; Mayton, Ellis
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Method and Device to Monitor & Control Efficiency of the Friction Welding Process
TS-015293 — A device that can be readily attached to inertia or direct drive friction welding equipment to determine energy efficiency in-situ during welding, providing real-time feedback for improving control.
Friction welding is a category of solid-state welding processes that uses frictional heat generation at the weld interface to plasticize the work pieces and produce a metallurgical bond. The welding parameters used in large-scale industrial production are typically determined via trial and error. …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Wei; Mahaffey, David; Semiatin, Sheldon; Senkov, Oleg; Tung, Daniel
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

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