They’re working on developing innovative materials through the usage of cold-spray advanced manufacturing technologies, which is essentially to make better parts by spraying them with new compounds much like you’d spray paint on a project.
“We are blasting these particles together at high temperatures and high speeds so we can deposit them layer by layer to make the materials more functional, to make them actually more robust and durable for a wide variety of applications,” Rowan engineering professor Joe Stanzione said.
Not only will it better serve and protect soldiers, it could keep costs for materials in the field in check.
As for practical use for the general public, Stanzione added, “I would say we might be able to see it as soon as the next five or 10 years where some of this latest and greatest technology trickles down into civilian use and that could be for the automotive industry. It could be for the aviation industry as well as for biomedical applications.”
Rowan will team up with Drexel University, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as Army researchers and PPG Paints in Pittsburgh to develop the new materials.