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Korean researchers develop aluminum alloy with titanium strength on the cheap, #bendgate begone

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Korean researchers develop aluminum alloy with titanium strength, #bendgate begone
By fusing aluminum with several other metals, researchers from the Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea have developed an alloy that is light and cheap to produce, but has the tensile strength of the very expensive titanium alloys. They mixed steel, manganese and nickel together with the lightweight aluminum, and produced something of the titanium rank, but able to be cast at a tenth of the cost. opening the door wide for mass market production.

The new alloy is expected to appear in cars, planes, and other gear, basically everywhere a light, cheap, and extremely durable chassis is needed. 

Since the discovery is done in Samsung's home turf of South Korea, and the company is likely already sponsoring Pohang, hopefully it will get dibs on the development, and pour some money in researching the new material for use in smartphones. Given how all rumors point at Samsung switching to a metal chassis for the Galaxy S6 for the first time, a titanium-strength chassis that is cheap to produce in the tens of millions should be on the top of its agenda for the Galaxy S7, too.

source: Postech via Gizmodo

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