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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Detroit entrepreneur invents 7% stronger steel

The current issue of Materials Science and Technology, Babu and his Ohio State partners describe how rapidly heating and cooling steel sheets changes the microstructure inside the alloy to make it stronger and less brittle.
Detroit entrepreneur Suresh Babu surprised Ohio State University engineers when he invented a heat-treatment that makes steel seven percent stronger than any steel on record – in less than 10 seconds.
Steel is what we would call a 'mature technology.' We'd like to think we know most everything about it," he said. "If someone invented a way to strengthen the strongest steels even a few percent, that would be a big deal. But 7 percent? That's huge

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