posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 02:47 PM
A new metal being developed, its 3 times stronger than the best steel!
Sounds like it could be used for military applications, like bunker busters or tank armour!
Researchers have long known that alloys are less liquid-like when the atomic bonds in them are metallic, meaning that the electrons that glue the
atoms together can flow easily from one part of the material to another.
So researchers might be able to reduce brittleness by choosing elements that will increase the degree of metallic bonding. The problem is that no one
knows how to do this, says Mark Eberhart, a geochemist at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. "You can find it in a basic chemistry text: