Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Fri Dec 2 14:38:28 PST 2016
If they could do the composite fiber in a matrix thing, it might be the best of both. If the melting point of this is higher than
pure titanium, that could work.
They did say that this was a crystalline form, but they didn't mention brittleness yet.
On 12/2/16 9:06 AM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
> Intermetallic compounds like this tend to be very hard and very
> brittle. I suspect they would end up making relatively small
> particles and embedding them in a softer matrix (a more conventional
> titanium alloy) if they want to make practical parts with it. Those
> gold atoms aren't going anywhere by diffusion if you need to process
> the composite at high temperatures, unlike intermetallics with lighter
> metals like aluminum.
> Still, an interesting article.
> Ken Meltsner
> Defrocked metallurgist
> On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 8:55 AM, Joseph S. Barrera III <joe at barrera.org> wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 8:15 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org> wrote:
>>> May we burn it?
>> You can *try* to burn it...
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