Thixomat's NanoMag technology is an environmentally friendly process for the production and marketing of high-strength, lightweight magnesium sheet with nanometer microstructures. The process, developed with the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan and under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation, offers advantages in material integrity and cost savings. The foundation of the technology is the Thixomolding Thermal Mechanical Process. Thixomolding is the injection molding of magnesium alloys. The NanoMag process results in a stronger, more reliable, more formable, and lighter weight magnesium sheet with properties similar to steel and with a comparable strength-to-density ratio as that of steel but at one-fourth the weight. Substituting the lighter weight magnesium sheet for aluminum and other materials reduces vehicle fuel consumption as well as offers greater personal protection in military applications. In addition, it can be used as a base material for manufacture of fuel cells and electronic products.
For more information, visit booth 1223 at the SAE 2009 World Congress.