TechConnect Innovation Program

Tailored Thermal Expansion Alloys

Texas A&M University, Texas, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

The natural expansion materials experience when heated, known as thermal expansion (TE), limits the temperature range and commonly causes failure of engineered components in a wide variety of industries. Tailored TE alloys can be “programmed” to a desired TE value to prevent these failures.

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Concept

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The most common low thermal expansion metal, Invar, has limited use because it has a single thermal expansion value. Current theoretical tailored expansion values for our materials can lie anywhere between +370 and -135 micro strain per Kelvin. In comparison, Invar is +2 micro strain per Kelvin.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)

Showcase Booth #: 623

Website: www.tamu.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date:

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners