With the properties of scandium as an additive in aluminium, the disruptive nature of a new generation of AlSc alloys is well understood to present one of the most transformative potentials of the new manufacturing economy.
Scandium is typically grouped with the Rare Earth Elements, (REEs), in general reference and, contrary to what this might suggest, is relatively abundant in the earths surface but is spread thinly so is rarely found in singular economically mineable quantities. It is however often associated with tantalum and niobium geology and produced as a by-product.
With various uses in specialist lighting and ceramics, in particular solid oxide fuel cells, the Metalysis process provides for a new shift in primary usage potential, such as vehicle light-weighting and increase usage in aerospace applications.
Just 0.0% – 0.1% scandium in an aluminium alloy significantly protects against corrosion, can decrease the weight of an aircraft by 15% – 20% and substantially improves its fabrication properties.
The production and concentration of scandium in AlSc alloys has been limited by traditional techniques not being able to produce high scandium content alloys. The Metalysis process changes this and is capable of producing a range of simple and complex alloys with high scandium content, ushering in a new era for engineers and designers across automotive, marine, aerospace, and performance goods applications.