posted on Jul, 16 2012 @ 09:46 PM
reply to post by sotaxme
Is anybody on this forum familiar with Libnol? (Li=Lithium, b=Boron, NOL=Naval Ordnance Labratory). It is an alloy of the lightest metal (#3 on the
Atomic Chart), and a non-metal, Boron. The struture is Li5B4. The alloy is easily machinable, and just barely above the weight of H2O. If you hold
a smooth dowel of wood in one hand, and a matching size of the alloy in the other with your eyes closed you cannot tell the difference. This
discovery has been out for decades, yet no development is readily visible. When the two elements are heated together, and reach the required
temperature, an "Exothermic" reaction takes place. At correct temperature they produce a very bright impulse of light, and heat appearing to have
been destroyed in the process. But the crucible will have an extremely lightweight compound left inside. It will not float in solid form, but it
will not sink very fast either. Very near the specific gravity of H2O.
Think of the applications.
*bicycle racing frames*