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The effort is focused on overhead conductors to reduce line losses in power transmission and distribution. Reprinted courtesy of Wire Journal International.
NEW YORK--Manhattan Scientifics, Inc. (OTCQB:MHTX) announced today that it has signed a $500,000 Joint Development Agreement with General Cable (NYSE: BGC).
The agreement calls for the design and development of nano-structured aluminum for wire and cable applications with a strong focus on overhead conductor for the transmission of power.
Currently, approximately 7% of energy is lost between a generation source and customer meter in the U.S. The cost of the energy losses is estimated at approximately $25 billion per year. Transmission and distribution overhead conductor line losses are the dominant source of these energy losses. Nano-structured aluminum has the potential to offer superior balance of strength and conductivity, which can be leveraged to significantly improve the efficiency of electrical power transmission and distribution. It can also improve safety and reliability of the transmission grid, as the nano-structured aluminum based conductors are expected to be resistant to high temperatures and sag.
Manhattan Scientifics’ CEO Manny Tsoupanarias, said, “We are very pleased to announce this agreement with General Cable and our goal is to take a completely new approach in order to create a lighter, more efficient aluminum conductor and, in the process, lead to a successful future licensing arrangement with General Cable.”
Dr. Srini Siripurapu, Vice President of R&D at General Cable, said, “We are committed to being the industry leader in innovation for overhead conductors for transmission and distribution. This partnership strengthens our focus on nano-structured aluminum, an important technology platform that creates differentiated solutions for the Utility industry.”
JOM published its most cited paper in its publishing history and one of the most highly cited papers in materials science overall exactly ten years ago. The April JOM features an update of this seminal article by the original authors: “Producing Bulk Ultrafine-Grained Materials by Severe Plastic Deformation: Ten Years Later" by Ruslan Z. Valiev, Yuri Estrin, Zenji Horita, Michael J. Zehetbauer, and Terence G. Langdon. According to the authors, the current article “is designed to provide . . . an update to this fast-moving and challenging field and to give a description of new developments in the production and properties of UFG materials.” To mark the occasion, the new article, as well as the original paper, “Producing Bulk Ultrafine-Grained Materials by Severe Plastic Deformation,” have both been made open access.
TMS members can also log in to SpringerLink through the JOM website to access all other journal content for free, including the featured JOM: The Magazine article, “Recent and Upcoming Changes in ABET Accreditation,” by Jeffrey W. Fergus.
This overview highlights very recent achievements and new trends in one of the most active and developing fields in modern materials science: the production of bulk ultrafine-grained (UFG) materials using severe plastic deformation (SPD). The article also summarizes the chronology of early work in SPD processing and presents clear and definitive descriptions of the terminology currently in use in this research area. Special attention is given to the principles of the various SPD processing techniques as well as the major structural features and unique properties of bulk UFG materials that underlie their prospects for widespread practical utilization.
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