Alloy Design Strategy
Designing for use with existing manufacturing processes and equipment
NanoSteel takes common raw material constituents used to make conventional steel alloys and combines them in different ratios to create proprietary alloy chemistries.
In conventional steel, the grains and matrix that comprise the structure of the steel are measured in microns. NanoSteel’s alloys are nano-structured, which means grain and matrix sizes smaller than 100 nanometers. These nano-scale microstructures produce unique mechanical and physical properties resulting in capabilities outside the known performance boundaries of existing steels.
NanoSteel’s technology is a Bulk Materials Nano-technology, which means that raw material chemistries are composed of conventional-sized constituents that do not contain any nano-sized particulates. Only the post-production microstructure of the thermal spray coatings, weld overlays, powder metals and sheet steels are nano-scale in size.
NanoSteel bases the material chemistries of its patented alloys on iron providing a competitive cost advantage given its abundance and recyclability. The company does not use any expensive, rare or exotic constituents.
NanoSteel follows a market-driven product development model so that basic laboratory discoveries are commercialized for large-scale industrial implementation. After selecting a material chemistry which meets a desired set of properties, NanoSteel simulates actual production processes in the laboratory so that subsequent production and performance validation trials lead to a successful product launch. All NanoSteel alloys are designed for use in mainstream industries with existing manufacturing processes and widely available commercial application equipment.