ELIMINATE FUNCTIONAL TRADE-OFFS Spatial segregation imparts revolutionary functionalities to steel and other metal alloys. Arcanum uses this technology to provide the best functionalities of multiple alloy grades in a single product. The company’s first product, Optiform is a stainless alloy with the mechanical forming properties of low carbon steel. There are many functionality combinations made possible by this technology.
TAILOR PERFORMANCE AND VALUE Spatial segregation gives engineers a new pallet to design and manufacture with. The technology allows for the production of steel alloys once too expensive to put into production. With minimal changes to cost, the corrosion performance of Optiform may be set per application need. Through designed performance, our alloy products generate enormous value creation opportunities.
MANUFACTURING REDEFINED Asset capabilities play a substantial role in any manufacturer’s business model. An asset’s capabilities are set by trade-offs in performance, functionality, and cost. Arcanum Alloys makes products that alter the preconceived limits that steel alloys represent in a value chain.
REDEFINE YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF STEEL When manufacturing assets exceed expected capabilities, operational outputs and bottom lines grow. Our team has worked with numerous firms to reevaluate steel’s value in their operations. To learn how Arcanum’s products can add to your operation’s bottom line, please fill out the form below.
DESIGNING PERFORMANCE TO CREATE VALUE
Arcanum Alloys’ patented technology allows it to decouple surface properties from the bulk properties of the steel. The end product is not a coating, but a metallurgically-bonded diffusion alloy that can’t be removed like a clear-coat or paint. Nearly all of the metallurgically important alloying elements can be added to the final product, singular elements or combinations of elements, and in some cases at concentrations that are unheard of in traditional alloys. Decoupling surface and bulk properties of steel sheet provides Arcanum’s customers with unparalleled material performance that cannot be delivered any other way
DEPOSITION OF ALLOYING ELEMENTS After the coating is applied, it is dried in place. The image on the left above, shows a coated coil prior to thermal treatment. The image on the right is a cross section from ”between the wraps” of a coil: the alloying elements are the bigger grey pieces between the two grey bars at the top and bottom, which are steel sheets. The darker areas between the two bars is made up of an inert filler. During thermal treatment, the alloying elements form a vapor that transports from the coating to the surface of the steel and diffuse in, creating a metallurgically bonded surface alloy.
REVOLUTIONARY FUNCTIONALITY BY DESIGN
Hundreds of years of of alloy research and development has added to the understanding of various alloy compositions, their unique properties, and common applications. The team at Arcanum Alloys was built to distill this understanding so that Arcanum is able to pick and choose from these properties to assign compositions, and then using spatial segregation technologies, combine alloys to open up entirely new markets and better serve existing ones.
SPATIAL SEGREGATION OF ALLOYING ELEMENTS Thermal treatment of the coated material yields a surface alloy whose material properties reflect that of the alloy composition. The depth of alloying and concentration of the alloying elements can be readily tailored by making small changes in processing parameters. Some properties, such as corrosion resistance, hardness, or magnetic permeability, to name a few, are valuable specifically at the surface. Those same properties often force trade-offs in the bulk properties of the material, such as formability, work hardening, or core-loss. When the trade-offs are removed, manufacturing value chains are fundamentally disrupted, unlocking substantial value.
CUSTOMIZABLE, UNPRECEDENTED PERFORMANCE Since the spatially segregated alloy composition can be tailored via processing, and the alloy composition dictates performance, Arcanum’s process allows unprecedented access to performance. In polarization testing, which essentially measures corrosion performance, Arcanum’s first product to market, Optiform®, easily outperforms common ferritic stainless steels and is comparable to austenitic 316 stainless. Variants of the same product can be tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of performances. Naturally, the formability of Optiform variants is unchanged by tailoring the corrosion performance.