January 17, 2019 in Metal Fabrication

New Discovery, Implications for High-Temperature Metal Gas Forming


From time to time, new discoveries change the way we approach various aspects of industry and technology. Recently, the discovery of a new metal has us doing exactly that. 

The Discovery of New Metal

Japanese scientists recently identified a metal that can withstand temperatures in the nearly unbelievable ranges of 1400C-1600C. Called MoSiBTiC, it’s actually a titanium carbide (TiC)-reinforced, molybdenum-silicon-boron (Mo-Si-B)-based alloy.

“Our experiments show that the MoSiBTiC alloy is extremely strong compared with cutting-edge Nickel-based single crystal superalloys, which are commonly used in hot sections of heat engines such as jet engines of aircrafts and gas turbines for electric power generation,” said lead author Professor Kyosuke Yoshimi of Tohoku University’s Graduate School of Engineering. (Science Daily)

Though this is still a somewhat fresh discovery, some implications are already apparent.


Why It Matters

Since MoSiBTiC is able to withstand extremely high temperatures without deforming, it creates new thresholds for what’s possible in the hottest parts of everything from jet engines to gas turbines. Since heat engine performance has implications for the future of America’s energy conservation, the discovery of this new metal could have a far-reaching effect as it impacts performance development.

What It Means

Among other things, this means MoSiBTiC may not be the best candidate for high-temperature metal gas forming. Since it can withstand extreme heat beyond the standard level of high-temperature metal gas forming, we don’t expect to be working with it here at American Hydroformers any time soon. Although you never know. As we’ve already pointed out, new developments are unfolding all the time.

Since each new development leads to further developments, it could just be a matter of time.

Meanwhile, we’re ready and available for any jobs not involving MoSiBTiC.

We Can Help

Here at American Hydroformers, we are ready and able to help meet your production needs. If you would like to hear more about our premium hydroforming services or discuss anything else, please feel free to contact us at any time. We have our trained technicians standing by.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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