UW-Madison researchers have developed a new metal alloy that can withstand higher temperatures, which could be used to improve high-speed aircraft.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation is touting the technology as a “top licensing prospect” in its engineering and computer science portfolio. It was created by Prof. Dan Thoma of the College of Engineering and graduate research assistant Michael Niezgoda.

In remarks provided by WARF, Thoma discussed how the new alloy offers advantages over what’s currently available in the market. Their alloy can offer protection up to 1,600 degrees Celsius, according to a WARF overview. That’s useful in applications like hypersonic jets and turbines, which generate a lot of heat when moving at extremely high speeds.

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