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Ames Lab receives $392,000 from DOE to commercialize gas atomization nozzle design

October 25, 2017
Source: ASM International

The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Iowa, has received $392,000 in funding to commercialize a gas atomization nozzle design for producing metal powders for manufacturing. In addition, the Laboratory will contribute in-kind matching funds of equal value for the project from private sector partner Ampal Inc., a part of the United States Metal Powders group of companies.

The funding is part of the DOE's Office of Technology Transition's Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) announced recently by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The funding, totaling $19.7 million, will support 54 projects across 12 National Laboratories involving more than 30 private sector partners, and will help businesses move promising energy technologies from National Laboratories to the marketplace.

Gas atomization is a powder production method in which high-pressure gas flow to disintegrate molten metal into particles. The Ames Lab's gas atomization method efficiently produces metal powders that are customizable, consistently sized, and spherical, resulting in smooth flow, optimal packing and improved quality of produced parts.

"We'll be working with our industrial partner to adapt our experimental gas atomization nozzle design to increase efficiency and control in their manufacturing process," said Ames Laboratory metallurgist Emma White. "We hope that if we can demonstrate the advantages of our technology with this manufacturer, it will develop interest across the industry."

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory operated by Iowa State University. Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global problems.

Subject Classifications

Industries and Applications | Aerospace and Defense

Materials Processing and Treatment | Additive Manufacturing

Materials Processing and Treatment | Coating

Materials Processing and Treatment | Powder Metallurgy

Materials Processing and Treatment | Thermal Spray Technology

Metals and Alloys

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