High Strength Nanocrystalline Alloys to Improve Soldier Performance

AFFILIATION:   Veloxint, Framingham, Massachusetts, United States


Track: Advanced Materials
Area: Structural & Multifunctional Materials
Tech Readiness: TRL 5

Tech Brief: Veloxint is making high value products enabled by novel nanocrystalline metal alloys discovered at MIT’s Materials Science department. The metals have extraordinary properties (e.g. >200% stronger than incumbents) and allow for faster more efficient processing. Potential defense applications include penetrators, armor, and lightweight aerospace or vehicle components.


Value Proposition: Initial field tests for penetrators have yielded promising performance, and Veloxint materials are free of carcinogenic cobalt and hazardous depleted Uranium. Lightweighting vehicle components are possible because the improved strength is obtained without changing density. The high specific strength means that weight reductions of ½ or more can be achieved, depending on the application. In the aerospace industry, components are sometimes changed from aluminum to titanium to provide an incremental decrease of weight at a substantial cost premium. Veloxint materials are produced at near net shape and will provide significantly more weight reduction, for only a modest cost premium.


Org Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Booth Number: 716