Kryron CNT-MMC Alloys—The New Metal Alloying Process
The Kryronization process creates Carbon Nanotube Metal Matrix Composites (CNT-MMC) using standard alloys and base metals. The Kryronization process solved the problems of providing a reliable and cost-effective process for the uniform dispersion of carbon nanotubes in metal. The resulting CNT-MMC materials have enhanced qualities in terms of heat dissipation, electrical conductivity, hardness and resistance to corrosion.
Carbon nanotubes (CN) are one-dimensional nanostructures that, because of their unique electrical versatility, are capable of providing remarkable electrical and mechanical properties. The properties Bourque has demonstrated between CN and substrate are virtually unique in the world of metals, affording an entirely new paradigm of opportunities for its use in ballistic armor, electric distribution and transmission, mechanical components and other industries.
Enhanced Qualities to Common Metals & Alloys
Research and development will be ongoing to identify and commercialize the many potential applications of the materials throughout a variety of industries. Important qualities of Kryronized materials in general:
- Increased electrical conductivity
- Heat dissipation
- Low electrical resistance
- Dimensional accuracy
- Mechanical strength
Kryron and Other Metals & Alloys
When Kryron is added to a substrate an entirely new allotrope is formed which changes the physical characteristics of the original material. The specific nature of the new material varies according to the method and mixture of Kryron. It should be noted that even minor changes can form an entirely new and different molecular configuration of the basic element, each encompassing a whole series of new, primarily non-intuitive physical properties.
Bourque has developed procedures and methods that will allow almost any material to be Kryronized. In fact, Bourque can Kryronize everything from rubber to steel. Kryronizing a material will not only enhance thermal and conductive properties of the original substrate but also change the physical characteristics of the new material making it stronger, lighter, and corrosion resistant. Kryron has the ability to change the structure of the substrate so that the lattice or matrix will create a stronger bond of the new material or allotrope that dissipates heat and carries electrical current better than the original material.
Molding & Shaping
The material can be formed by die-casting, rolling, molding, injection molding, cutting, machining, extruding, and can also be plasma sprayed on to a variety of substrates. The materials have potential of being an effective additive to paints and other protective coatings because of its durability and corrosion resistance.