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Grants Aid Metal, Coating Advances

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Two federal grants aim to use one technology to develop advanced ways for joining dissimilar metals and antimicrobial coatings for large contact surfaces.

MesoCoat Inc., a subsidiary of Abakan Inc., and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will split a $1 million award from the Department of Energy to develop a process to join dissimilar metal alloys, Abakan announced Oct. 6.

Additionally, MesoCoat was awarded a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research award from the National Institutes of Health to develop antimicrobial coatings using its high-speed, large-area metal cladding technology.

Project Objectives

The primary objectives of the DOE project are to develop functional gradient transition joints between carbon steel and austenitic stainless steel for nuclear reactors, and to develop advanced joining techniques for dissimilar materials used in nuclear fission reactors.

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The DOE project aims to develop functional gradient transition joints between carbon steel and austenitic stainless steel for nuclear reactors and advanced joining techniques for dissimilar materials used in nuclear fission reactors.

The NIH project aims to develop copper-based antimicrobial coatings primarily for contact surfaces in hospitals, but that could also be applied to other public areas such as airports, bus and railway stations, schools, restaurants and work places.

Both projects focus on the company's CermaClad technology, which uses high energy density IR fusion to metallurgically bond a layer of API-compliant metal alloy and nickel tungsten carbide to a steel substrate.

'No Limitations' on Materials

According to Abakan CEO Robert Miller, the cladding technology has "practically no limitations on the materials that it can melt, fuse, and coat using its high-intensity arc lamp."

"We have demonstrated the coating/cladding of nickel based alloys, copper based alloys, carbide, stainless steel, and even titanium on a variety of metal substrates," Miller said.

MesoCoat
MesoCoat

The company says its CermaClad technology is currently being used to develop corrosion- and wear-resistant clad pipes for offshore and onshore oil and gas, oil sands and mining applications, according to the company.

The technology is currently being used to develop corrosion- and wear-resistant clad pipes for offshore and onshore oil and gas, oil sands and mining applications, according to the company.

Abakan develops and manufactures advanced nanocomposite materials, fabricated metal products and highly engineered metal composites for multiple industries.

   

Tagged categories: Antimicrobial coatings; Cladding; Coating Materials; Grants; Metal cladding; North America; Nuclear Power Plants; Pipeline; Research; U.S. Department of Energy

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