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TiBor Skin

Y-12 invites interested companies to license its patent-pending method known as TiBor Skin. This two-part technology enables creation and fabrication of toughened and corrosion- and wear-resistant composite structures. First, it provides a family of coatings or surface materials for application on metals plus methods of applying these materials. Second, it provides methods of interjoining the applied coatings with their substrates to form composite structures, the surfaces of which wear and corrode at rates much lower than those currently experienced in the industry.
Abstract: 
Provides a family of coatings or surface materials on substrate metal alloy systems for wear and corrosion applications.Method includes depositing a slurry or paste of titanium diborideand a flux along with other trace components on a substrate and heating the deposited material and the substrate to form a reinforced material interjoinedwith the substrate. The slurry, suspension, blend or mixture of selective materials can be deposited onto the surface using a number of methods such as painting, spraying, dipping, thermal spray, powder coating, etc. Laser, plasma, infrared, electron beam, induction, welding, microwave, etc. techniques can be used to reactively form the surface. Surface coatings formed by the approach change the surface characteristics of a component or structure to provide properties of high hardness, high temperature strength, wear and corrosion resistance and strong adherence to the substrate without changing the bulk material properties. Layers or functional grading can be employed to increase bonding strength and adherence or mitigate differences in coefficient of thermal expansion. Surface can be applied on finished components by portable, field techniques or fabricated on sheet materials prior to final manufacturing steps.
Benefits: 
• Integral—does not distort substrate geometry, reduce surface smoothness or allow for delamination • Versatile—may be applied either to raw materials prior to manufacturing or to parts after manufacturing • Nonrestrictive—does not interfere with welding process • Thorough—replaces need for other coating techniques such as plasma spraying, sputtering and plating • Broad—can also be employed to aid in bonding of dissimilar metals
Patent Status: 
Development- TRL 4 — Basic technological components are integrated to establish that the pieces all work together.
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