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AIST names flash bainite, nanotexturing, and steel foam as T.C. Graham Prize finalists

October 04, 2018
Source: ASM International

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology, Warrendale, Pa., has disclosed the three finalists for the third annual T.C. Graham Prize, which was established in 2014 through an endowment from one of the steel industry‚Äôs most successful and innovative executives, Tom C. Graham Sr. The purpose is to recognize innovative applications for steel that may lead to the development of new markets. The winning entry will receive $20,000.


One of the three finalists is Flash Bainite, a heat treating technology developed by Gary Cola of the Flash Bainite Co., Washington Twp., Michigan. Said to be capable of producing 1600 MPa sheet in just five seconds, Flash 1600 has reportedly been proven in automotive OEM test labs to reduce mass by 20 to 58 percent, while maintaining performance and reducing cost. This process is an entirely new field of ferrous metallurgy that leverages the natural heterogeneity of steel to create a highly complex, nanorefined microstructure with unparalleled mechanical properties.


The second finalist is Nanotexturing Stainless Steel, developed by Professors Julie Champion and Dennis Hess of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Creation of nanotexture on stainless steel by electrochemical etching decreases attachment of bacteria and kills bacteria, while simultaneously improving corrosion resistance. The goal is to scale up and establish the feasibility of translating electrochemical etching as a method of creating nanotexture on stainless steel food and beverage equipment, biomedical devices, and a variety of surfaces to prevent bacterial infection.


The third finalist is Steel Composite Metal Foam, developed by Prof. Afsaneh Rabiei of North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Steel-steel composite metal foam is a low weight, high-strength metal foam manufactured using hollow steel spheres embedded in a steel matrix. This material has shown superior mechanical properties under loading, fire, radiation and even blast and fragments impact. Such properties have made steel-steel composite metal foams strong candidates for applications in structural components.

Subject Classifications

Industries and Applications | Aerospace and Defense

Industries and Applications | Automobiles and Ground Transportation

Materials Processing and Treatment | Powder Metallurgy

Materials Processing and Treatment | Surface Engineering

Metals and Alloys | Carbon and Alloy Steels

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