Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Alloy Protects Materials at High Temperatures – 2023 WARF Innovation Award Nominee

Hypersonic jets and jet turbines experience intense heating at extreme speeds, which can damage the body of the aircraft and lead to component malfunctions. University of Wisconsin-Madison Prof. Dan Thoma, a leader in materials sciences, and his graduate research assistant Michael Niezgoda have developed a novel molybdenum alloy that can protect these jets up to 1,600 °C — that’s 200 °C more than current methods. This invention lowers maintenance time and costs for aircraft and enables higher mission readiness.

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