Veloxint selected for R&D project focusing on advanced nanocrystalline metal alloys

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—The U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) has selected Veloxint Corporation for a three-year grant under the category of Innovations for the Manufacture of Advanced Materials, according to a release from Veloxint. The project will bring together a world class industrial-government-academic team, consisting of GE Research (GE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), University of Kentucky (UK), and Veloxint, to develop and scale next-generation nanocrystalline metal alloys via advanced manufacturing processes.

The new metals will be stronger and lighter with excellent corrosion, wear, and heat resistance. The team will demonstrate lightweight engine blades from these metals with the potential for substantial improvements in specific fuel consumption of commercial aircrafts.

“We are excited the DOE has chosen to support this high-impact advanced manufacturing R&D project,” said Veloxint CEO Alan Lund, Ph.D., in the release. “Our fantastic project team, including our partners GE, ORNL, and UK, is now well positioned to advance this transformational technology. The DOE’s support will allow Veloxint to pursue its vision of bolstering the competitiveness of the domestic manufacturing sector and creating hundreds of domestic advanced manufacturing jobs. This is an excellent example of public/private partnership advancing American manufacturing technology and strengthening our nation’s advanced manufacturing workforce.”

Veloxint technology combines proprietary alloy and process design approaches to produce nano-enabled alloys that are lighter, stronger, and more heat resistant than current industrial metals. The maturing of Veloxint’s technology platform will have widespread applicability in transportation and energy applications, resulting in huge sustainability impact through energy savings and carbon footprint reduction, the release said.

“Nanocrystalline metal alloys represents the next frontier of lightweight, more durable metals crucial in transforming critical infrastructure, like jet engines and power generation equipment that transport and power the world,” said Andy Detor, Ph.D., a principal scientist at GE Research. “For many decades, GE metallurgists have pioneered the development of some of the world’s most advanced metal alloys that have redefined the efficiency and reliability of turbomachinery. We’re proud to be partnering with such an innovative start-up like Veloxint, which is blazing new pathways with their unique nano-enabled technology.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for our research team—and the University of Kentucky,” said Professor Matt Beck. “UK and the state of Kentucky are committed not only to developing next generation technologies addressing global problems—but also to building domestic manufacturing capability and capacity, and to training a next-generation workforce. DOE support for this project allows us to do all three of these things.”

Veloxint (https://www.veloxint.com/) is an MIT-incubated start-up based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Winner of the 2018 Platts Global Metals- Breakthrough Solution of the Year award, Veloxint is industrializing next generation, nano-enabled metal alloys for advanced manufacturing and lightweighting. Components made from Veloxint alloys are designed to outlast and outperform metal components across transportation, consumer goods, defense, and other industrial markets.

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