Australian metals additive innovator Amaero International Limited advised the Australian stock market last week that the process for securing its intellectual property rights to a new high-performance aluminium alloy is in the final stages.
Amaero said it is in the “national” stage of securing the patent for its new aluminium alloy, which would give it patent protection in 150 countries around the world. The new aluminium alloy is a heat-treatable blend containing scandium, the addition of which gives the alloy a higher increment of tensile strength per atomic percent than any other know additive.
Amaero CEO Barrie Finnin highlighted the labor to date that led to the new aluminium alloy in a related press release.
“There has been a significant amount of work completed over more than half a century to improve the heat tolerance of aluminium alloys, to allow them to withstand higher operating temperatures without degradation of mechanical properties. Today, we have a solution through the Company’s newly developed Aluminium-scandium alloy, Amaero HOT Al.”
Amaero says the new aluminium alloy is stable in temperatures of up to 260°C for extended periods, allowing it to be age hardened after 3D printing for strength and stability. The firm foresees a potential market for the new aluminium alloy in several sectors, but primarily in the aerospace and sports equipment industries. Projected applications for the aluminium alloy include for use on tennis rackets, baseball bats, bicycle frames, and other instances where high strength-to-ratio materials are needed.
Amaero says the new aluminium alloy is part of a larger strategy by the firm to expand its offerings by commercializing aluminium alloys that have been developed by partners in research. The company notes that the new aluminium alloy is also suitable for a variety of conventional production processes, including extrusion, forging, and casting.
The high-performance aluminium alloy in question is the second collaboration between Amaero and Monash University to date.