NASA has developed a thousand times better metal fillings for spacecraft
PASADINA, California: NASA experts have created a metal alloy with the help of a 3D printer, which is 1000 times more efficient, better and more durable than the most advanced metal alloys so far, which is why it is a ‘revolutionary’ invention. It is being said that this will lead to rapid development in the aerospace industry.
Named the GRX810, it is many times better than all the current metal fillings. Due to its structure, it can withstand the extreme heat and vibration of a rocket engine. According to NASA, it will take longer space missions and spacecraft. At the same time, aircraft technology will set the stage for development.
According to initial estimates, it is twice as strong, three and a half times more flexible and 1000 times more durable than all the existing metal fillings. This is why the new material retains its usefulness even at high temperatures and pressures.
Dr. Dale Hopkins, of the NASA Glenn Research Center for Transformative Tools, described it as an important milestone. According to him, on the one hand it is very strong and on the other hand it is a very light material which will change the future of space flight. When the strength of the metal is increased, the elasticity gets out of hand and at some point even good metal fillings break. But the GRX810 is free of all these flaws.
It has been developed with the help of artificial hands and computer programs. The next step is to develop 3D printing technology. The first turbine engine combustion chamber is made. This is the angle where the fuel of the rocket engines combines with the air and burns and pushes the rockets upwards.
But the same invention will accelerate other areas of development and we will have better materials. Earlier, new materials were created under trial and error, which used to take months and years, but now with computer algorithms and 3D printing, it has become a matter of weeks or months.
As the GRX810 underwent various tests, the amazement of the experts increased and at one point it was discovered that they had made a wonderful product. It remains to be seen how effective the material will be in practice.